African Mud Cloth is a traditional handmade textile from Mali in West Africa, dating all the way back to the 12th Century. It’s made from narrow strips of woven cotton, hand stitched together to form one whole piece of cloth. This piece of mudcloth is then hand printed in patterns and symbols using a variety of natural dyes from the earth. The amazing thing is that each mudcloth is unique and no two are exactly the same.
The word bògòlanfini is a composition of three words: Bogo, meaning “earth” or “mud,” lan, meaning “with” and fini, meaning “cloth.” This is the Bambara language, spoken in Mali. And translated it means “mudcloth.” The dyes used are made from mud which is rich in iron to create black colours and plants that create a range of colours.