R6139/3 Textile; Bogolanfini; Mudcloth

Black textile with beige pattern featuring repeated triangles, diamonds and zigzags

Mudcloth / Bogolanfini (Museum Accession Number R6139/3)

This bogolanfini, or mudcloth, is traditionally decorated by hand-painting cotton cloth with dyes, in shades of yellow, black and brown, and bleach to create distinctive geometric designs. Bogolanfini had a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s and 90s thanks to Malian fashion designer Chris Seydou. His work then inspired Western designers to include these textiles and patterns in their work. This piece was made in Mali in around 2000. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: unknown

Place: Mali, West Africa, Africa

Date: 2000