Mud cloth - also called 'bogolan' - is one of Africa's most unusual and unique textiles.
Narrow strips of handwoven cotton are stitched together into a whole cloth, then painted with patterns and symbols using a variety of natural dyes, including river mud that has been aged up to one year. These cloths are handwoven the thickness and weight is variable, but generally they are more like a light blanket.
Usually, each cloth is a unique creation: there is only one.
Sizes vary, usually about 100 x 170 cm / 40 x 66 in..
As you can imagine, the ways to create this pattern have evolved over centuries but the way that mud cloth was originally created is fascinating (and also how it got it’s name):
Since mud cloth is usually created in neutral colors, this trend is easy to incorporate into your current home decor theme to whatever extent you’d like. Here are some beautiful pieces to introduce this rich trend into your home: gifts novelties store unique presents
All Mud Cloth sold in our shop has been Pre-washed. You want to try to wash your Mud Cloth as little as possible since every wash will make the color fade. I understand life happens and you may need to clean your textile, so I included some easy steps to show you what to do.
Fill up a tub with cold water and mild soap. I used Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. I like this soap because it is fair trade and made with organic oils. You need to remember that Mud Cloth is dyed with natural organic materials, and you don’t want to use harsh chemicals on it. You can certainly use other soaps but make sure to soak a small area of the cloth to make sure there isn’t a strange chemical reaction, and the color does not fade drastically.
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Place your Mud Cloth in the tub and gently stir it. Make sure that the textile is completely soaked. Let your Mud Cloth sit in the water for about 5 minutes. During this time you can stir the textile and water occasionally but it is not necessary. It is completely normal if the water turns yellow or brown. Some of the color will run, however your Mud Cloth should not change in color drastically.
*Do not scrub your cloth, any scrubbing should be done on the wrong side of the fabric.
Remove the cloth from the soapy water and rinse under running cold water to remove any excess dirt and soap.
Gently ring any excess water from your cloth. Do this GENTLY, I cannot stress that enough! You don’t want to put stress on the cloth. At this point you may want to use a towel and pat your cloth to remove any excess water.
Lay flat or hang dry. It is safe to iron your Mud Cloth using cotton settings.