Bogolanfini textile art is hand woven then hand dyed with fermented mud and is traditionally associated with the Bamana tribe which hails from the North and East of Bamako in Mali. Bogolanfini is a Bamana word meaning earth cloth or mud cloth. The production of this art involves a difficult and lengthy procedure. First, white cotton cloth is woven, shrunk, and then soaked in a preparation of leaves from specific trees. Specialists have their own precise closely guarded recipes to give the best results. The mud used for the designs is collected from ponds and left to ferment in covered pots for about a year during which time it becomes darker and darker creating different colors. The rest of the process is just as complex involving a bleaching treatment of caustic soda and outlining intricate designs which can take several weeks to cover an entire cloth. Small pieces of bamboo and flat metal spatulas of various widths are used to draw and fill in the remaining design onto the cloth. Each piece of Bogolanfini has a unique story to tell - the symbols and arrangement of colors and shapes reveal profound meanings and interpretations of tribal heritage, cultural proverbs, social status, and personal characteristics.
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