Bògòlanfini (commonly known as “mud cloth”) is a traditional handmade cotton fabric that can be found in Mali and other West African countries.
Originating from the Bambara people, the cloth is first soaked in a dye and then carefully painted using a special fermented mud collected from local riverbeds. Traditionally, the base of the cloth is woven by men and then dyed by women to give it its distinctive look.
Bògòlanfini’s unique patterns are rich in cultural significance and often carry coded messages relating to historical events, social issues, local proverbs, and mythological concepts. The fabric was traditionally worn by hunters as a means of camouflage and as a badge of status.
Today, bògòlanfini is celebrated around the globe and has become a symbol of cultural identity in Mali.