I not only love design, I also love the process of designing. Maybe even more than the finished project. Mudcloth is a fabric that is centuries old and used an interesting process in the design. It’s hand woven (giving it lots of texture) and hand dyed. It’s been popular in design for years now, and I think that popularity is growing.
Mudcloth is one of the best known African cloth traditions. Bogolanfini (as it was originally called) is a handmade cotton fabric that was dyed using fermented mud. The mud was collected and then hand painted onto wet fabric in patterns that would stain the fabric as it dried. This process was repeated again and again until the desired shade was achieved. The patterns and symbols had meaning and the cloths were passed down to the next generation. You can see a chart of the symbols and their meanings here and here.
These days it’s embroidered, but it’s still full of texture and interest, which is why I love it. My friends at One Fine Nest have given me this beautiful mudcloth pillow cover* (shown below) and will also be giving one away to one of you!
They come in a variety of colors and patterns, and a few solid colors as well. Here are some more of my favorites mudcloth pillows from my friends at One Fine Nest.
African cover in black
And there are so many more I love, you can view them all here. They even make mudcloth Christmas stockings which are so cute and original. Enter below for your chance a mudcloth pillow cover of your own. Good Luck!
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