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Mud Cloth I

This product belongs in the following collections:

Mud Cloth I

This product belongs in the following collections:

Mud Cloth I

This product belongs in the following collections:

Mud Cloth I

This product belongs in the following collections:

Mud Cloth I

This product belongs in the following collections:

Mud Cloth I

Mud Cloth I

$560

Mud Cloth I

Mali

$560

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Mud cloth, or bògòlanfini in Bambara, is a traditional West African textile. As the name suggests, the fabric is created using fermented mud to produce pigment for dye. This St. Frank piece, made in central Mali, is comprised of Malian cotton, dyed with mud-based pigment from the Niger river, and decorated with geometric patterns drawn in soap. The patterns often represent animals or other objects from the natural world. Mud cloth was traditionally worn by hunters, offering camouflage, ritual protection, and a sign of status. More recently, mud cloth has become a symbol of Malian cultural identity and has been exported as an iconic international textile used in fashion, home design, and fine art.

The dyed textile is carefully applied to a linen substrate and bordered with a traditional white linen-covered mat. This product is offered in two framing options: black and white modern cap mouldings. Our signature gold St. Frank plate is featured in the bottom right-hand corner of each piece. 

Framed dimensions of the piece measure 31.5" W x 29" H.

Please note that as unique, handmade art, no two pieces are ever exactly the same and color varies across monitors. Our website photos are a close representation of this work, but may not be identical to the piece you receive.