Bògòlanfini - vintage handmade textile from Mali, Africa
Bògòlanfini or bogolan "mud cloth" is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud.
In traditional bògòlanfini production, men weave the cloth and women dye it. The cloth is soaked in a dye bath made from leaves of the n'gallama (Anogeissus leiocarpa) tree that have been mashed and boiled, or soaked. Now yellow, the cloth is sun-dried and then painted with designs using a piece of metal or wood. The paint, carefully and repeatedly applied to outline the intricate motifs, is a special mud, collected from riverbeds and fermented for up to a year in a clay jar. Because of a chemical reaction between the mud and the dyed cloth, the brown color remains after the mud is washed off. Finally, the yellow n'gallama dye is removed from the unpainted parts of the cloth by applying soap or bleach, rendering the finished cloth white.
We have a variety of vintage bògòlanfini in stock