Mali Mud Cloth Pouffes
Mud cloth or 'Bogolanfini' is a handmade Malian cotton fabric dyed using a process of fermented mud that dates back to 12th century. Sometimes the symbols themselves display messages, historical events, social status or proverbs.
The skills and techniques artists have been using for centuries are passed down through intergenerational rituals. Traditionally, the men weave the cloth and the women dye it. Once the strips of woven cloth (usually cream coloured) are sewn together, the women follow a dyeing process.