(Bogolan = something made by using mud; fini = cloth)
Bogolanfini is an handmade Malian cotton Fabric
produced by traditionally dying cotton fabric with fermented mud. This Cloth is native to Mali and exported worldwide.
I am exploring the historical implication of Bogolanfini with reference to its
unique patterns,how it occupies space and have become the identity of the eighth largest country in Africa.
This work was done as part of a Masterclass with THE INVISIBLE BORDERS.
The Kamissoko Family house with Bogolanfini Patterns all over the entrance.
A Blank Cloth just before Fermented mud is added through a series of processes to become Bogolanfini.
Ready to wear Bogolanfini
New Materials for Bogolanfini purchased at the popular Artisana Market in Bamako
The Process of making Bogolanfini with Fermented mud.
The process of drawing Patterns with fermented mud
Clothes are soaked in a bath of dye from the leaves of the n’gallama tree and then painted in intricate motifs with a special fermented mud
Mr Kamissoko in his Family house at Bamako, He is seen wearing a piece of Bogolanfini
Motifs regularly seen on Bogolanfini. This Eagle represents Strength of the Malians.
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