Mudcloth Styles For Ladies – Mudcloth was first created in Mali, a north African country in the Sahara Desert region during the 12th century. The name “Mudcloth” was gotten from the Mali ethnic language Bambara, where it is called “Bogolanfini”, which translates to earth or mud (bogo) with (lan) fini (cloth). That is also why some people refer to mudcloths as Bogolan.
The mudcloth fabric is a traditional fabric of the Malian people. The African mudcloth is dyed with fermented mud and plant dyes and can be processed between four days and a week, depending on climate conditions, humidity, and rainfall in the region where it is produced
The original colour of the patterned mudcloth is yellowish-beige natural colour. Mudcloths are traditionally weaved by men and in addition to the dyes and mud used on the cloth, thin strips of plain fabric may be weaved into squares and then stitched together in the fabric.
Actually, the cotton Bogolan cloth is woven on narrow looms to create long strips of cotton fabric that are approximately six inches wide. These fabrics are then stitched together to create wrapper-sized cloths which can reach up to a yard by five feet
There is a lot of cultural significance of the Mud cloth throughout Africa. However, the significance of the mudcloth in its place of origin, Mali, West Africa is that the cloth is worn by hunters as ritual protection and as a mark of status.
The African mudcloth is not only used to make clothes as they can be used to produce mudcloth upholster furniture, mudcloth tapestry, mudcloth throws, mudcloth earrings, mudcloth window treatment, mudcloth bedding, and DIY mudcloth fabrics for recreational and practical activities.
There are some concerns as to whether you can wash mudcloths. The truth is, yes you can. The Mud cloth can be washed in cold water without much colour loss or better still opt for dry cleaning. However, since the dyes are natural, they may wash out over time.
Here are some mudcloth styles for ladies that you should consider styling