Mud Cloth is the official traditional clothing in Mali. Mali is a french speaking country in Western Africa. Mali’s flag consists of three connected vertical rectangles with colors – Green ,Gold and Red respectively. Mali’s population is about 14.5 Million. Mali’s weather is dry and hot from February to about June, rainy and humid from June to about November and cool from November to sometime in February.
Mud Cloth is a traditional hand-made dyed Malian cotton fabric made out of fermented mud. Mud cloth is also known as “Bògòlanfini” (some also call it Bògòlan). Bògòlanfini simply means “mud as cloth”. Mud Cloth fabrics usually have intricate painted symbols or patterns on them. While some of the symbols/designs are abstract, most of them have significant meanings. Mud cloth feels like a “Jean” fabric. However, it has a dusty feel to it which is an easy way to identify its authenticity. The smell of the dye is also evident before laundering. Mud cloth can be worn both in the summer and in the winter. Mud Cloth weighs relatively heavier than a regular cotton fabric.
Mud Cloth is very often used by hunters as a camouflage because of its near earth appearance. It is also used to wrap children up at birth, at special events and more.
Andinkra Symbols are very common symbols on Mud Cloth. Andinkra are Ghanian (Ghana is a country in West Africa) symbols. Mud Cloth is widely used around the world in fashion houses, upholstery, decor and more. Mud Cloth are most commonly used to make Jalabiyas (Long Robes) Dashikis, Dresses, shawls, hats, bags and more.
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