Gambia Mudcloth

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Mudcloth is a traditional Malian fabric dyed with fermented mud, particularly associated with the Bambara. The name is a Bambara word meaning "earthcloth." In the creation of bògòlanfini, simple cotton cloth is woven, shrunk, and then soaked in a preparation of leaves from certain trees.

An artist then outlines an intricate design with a mud dye, often taking several weeks to cover the entire cloth.

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