Bògòlanfini Malian Cloth

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.53.2
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
Gift of Barbara Paxon
Medium:
Woven and Dyed Cotton Fabric
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 48" Width: 72"
Description:
Mud cloth made in Bamana, Mali. Colored include red, brown, black and white hand spun, handwoven, strip weave cloth. Patterns are considered a traditional hunter's cloth.
Historical Context:
Bògòlanfini is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud. It has an important place in traditional Malian culture and has, more recently, become a symbol of Malian cultural identity. The cloth is exported worldwide for use in fashion, fine art and decoration. Although usually translated as "mud cloth," bogolan actually refers to a clay slip with a high iron content that produces a black pigment when applied to handspun and handwoven cotton textiles.