Mud Cloth - Made with earth



Bogolan is a very old traditional technique of vegetable dyeing valued and practiced in Mali and Burkina Faso.

The bogolan manufacturing process is artisanal. The textile used is woven cotton. Cotton is dyed by soaking in a decoction of tree leaves (n’galman and n’tjankara) containing a high concentration of tannin.

Bogolan fabric (mud cloth)

The patterns are then made freehand on the fabric from the mud. When the mud has dried, the cotton piece is rinsed with water to remove excess mud. Then, the process of soaking with the mud is repeated several times on the areas where it is desired to strengthen the black color.

Finally, the residual yellow areas are bleached with a mixture of millet and peanuts as well as an active ingredient: soda.

Washing Tip: Frequent washing or direct exposure to the sun can reduce the radiance of colors. The fabric should be soak ed in water with salt or 1/3 cup of white vinegar.

Text label

All our decorative items such as our cushions, bedspreads, napkins, table runners, and floor cushions are dyed “Bogolan” a beautiful traditional fabric from Mali. The bogolan manufacturing process is 100% artisanal. The word Bogolan comes from Bogo = earth and lan = made with = “made with earth”.

Washing advice; real bogolan does not bleed and is very resistant to washing. It loses a little bit of its shine over washings. Use a natural mild soap.

Cotton is locally grown and colored with plant-based dyes, while the mud is as organic as the river in which it is found. Iron in the mud reacts with the dye and turns it black - three coats for deep black, two for gray



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