Hand made from extraordinarily beautiful fabric, the unique designs combined with hand woven fabric produces an elegant, rich, luxurious textile. Social status, characters and occupations are all things that are communicated in each piece of mud cloth so these gorgeous cushions are also full of a soulful positive intent for wellbeing.
The cloth is made from hand woven cotton and block printed using fermented mud coloured with natural dyes. As with most genuine African products, these cushions are unique and slightly different.
In traditional bògòlanfini production, men weave the cloth and women dye it. On narrow looms, strips of cotton fabric are woven and stitched into cloths.
The dyeing begins with a step invisible in the finished product. The cloth is soaked in a dye bath made from mashed and boiled, or soaked, leaves of the nagallama tree. 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. Thanks to 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 rendering them white.
Dimensions: 50cm by 50cm. Insert included.
These beautiful African products are unique and come in a range of possible sizes and colours and other variations. Email us today to ask for more information.