Mud Cloth (Bògòlanfini)

Some Designs in Mud Cloth for Ladies

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.

Mud Cloth Dashiki and Robe

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.

Click here to see more Mud Cloth Designs


African Clothing

African clothing and African attire have come a long way. There is a wide array of various different African clothing and these come in different styles, colors, design and materials. There are clothing for women, clothing for men as well as suitable clothing for kids. The clothing are designed to suit various occasions and functions, such as formal wear for formal occasions, casual everyday wear and even exotic African wear. There are plenty of accessories as well, such as head wraps (Gele), belts, caps, hats, African shoes, bangles, bags and many more.

There are a good number of able, respected and experienced African wear designers. They have learnt to blend traditional African attire with modern trends and materials. Most African designers use traditional African prints, designs, batiks, patterns and many others. Most of these were usually hand sewn without the use of modern machines to put them together. However, modern African clothing often use modern machines and designs to come up with the attire. Designers of official, authentic African wear are now attending design schools in order to develop and generate even better quality clothing.

When looking for suitable African attire, it is best to consult some of the renowned names in the industry. It is also good and advisable to search for authentic African wear for certain occasions. Most customers around the world love African attire for general and official functions. Others love African attire for their elaborate weddings with exquisite African clothing designs for bridal parties (Aso Ebi)

. African Clothing features prominently at African Weddings, not just in Africa but across various African communities around the world. Weddings are usually great social events and are a major forum for display of fashion, accessories and great clothing designs. There are also great African jewelry that adorn African wear. African jewelry has vast origins, with the jewelry originating from most parts of Africa. Fashion may also vary from the East to the West, north and south.

Couples or families that intend to host an African wedding may benefit from using great, modern African wear for the occasion. The entire ceremony may come with an African theme. This may be expressed in the food, decor, style and theme of the entire wedding. There are African clothing consultants and African fashion designers who can provide invaluable advice to the interested parties. Official African events, especially overseas but on the continent as well, can be graced by an unofficial African wear that attendants can wear. Attendants can choose varying African clothing for various occasions.