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Mud Cloth Explained

In recent years mud cloth (bògòlanfini) has become a popular textile in Western interior design, fashion and fine art. We'll answer the most popular questions about this beautiful and fascinating fabric.

What Is Mud Cloth?

Mud Cloth or "bogolan" (Bambara: bɔgɔlanfini; "mud cloth") is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud.It has a significant spot in Malian culture since the 12th century and has asserted itself as a symbol of their cultural identity.

What Is African Mud Cloth Fabric?

African mud cloth (also known as Bogolan fabric. African mud cloth is a traditional Malian fabric that is dyed with fermented mud and plant dyes. Typically the cotton used to make mud cloth is grown locally and an un-dyed, beige color.

How Do I Clean African Mud Cloth?

Fill a large container with cool water and mild detergent and mix. Soak the fabric in the mixture for a few minutes and then swish around a few times. Scrubbing must be very gentle and from the wrong side of the fabric. Rinse the fabric in cool water and pat with a clean towel or cloth to remove excess moisture. Hang and let air dry.

You can always find an assortment of high quality hand-sewn Mud cloth pillow covers in traditional designs here at modern-west.com.

August 17, 2018 — Team M+W