Mud Cloth

Traditionally known as Bògòlanfini or bogolan. It is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud. It has an important place in traditional Malian culture and has become a symbol of Malian cultural identity. In traditional Malian culture, bògòlanfini is worn by hunters, serving as camouflage, as ritual protection and as a badge of status.



Women are wrapped in bògòlanfini after their initiation into adulthood and immediately after childbirth, as the cloth is believed to have the power to absorb the dangerous forces released under such circumstances. Bògòlanfini patterns are rich in cultural significance, referring to historical events (such as a famous battle between a Malian warrior and the French), crocodiles (significant in Bambara mythology) or other objects, mythological concepts or proverbs.






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