Mud Cloth Print Canvas Rug
3ft. X 5ft.
Mud Cloth also known as Bogolanfini, is a beautiful art form that dates back centuries. My obsession for the beauty of each piece of mud cloth made, lead me to want to try to make my own version. Although I use fabric dye, not mud to create these pieces, I love the way they turned out. Each rug is a unique one of a kind piece. If ordering more than one piece, please appreciate that no two pieces will ever match fully, hence the perfectly imperfectness we love in each work of art. Pretty enough to hang on the wall.
How Bogolanfini is traditionally made:
Traditionally, the men were responsible for weaving the narrow strips of plain fabric that were then pieced together into a larger rectangular cloth.
1. The cloth was first dyed in baths of the leaves and branches of trees (this dye acts as a mordant).
2. The now-yellow cloth is sun-dried and patterns were painstakingly painted with a special mud, which had been collected from ponds during the previous seasons and left to ferment.
2. As the cloth dries, the dark black mud turns gray and the cloth is washed to remove excess mud. This process is repeated numerous times and with each application, the mud-painted area of the cloth becomes darker. The yellow areas are painted with a bleach, which turns the yellow patterns brown. The cloth is left to dry in the sun for a week. When the bleach solution is washed off with water, what remains is the characteristic white pattern on a dark background. (If you want to get a sense of the mud cloth making process, check out this amazing site from the Smithsonian where you can virtually design your own mud cloth.)
These handmade rugs are made from organic cotton. The perfect nursery floor mat. The perfect yoga accessory.
•Certified Organic Cotton Canvas
•3ft x 5ft
How to care:
Machine wash cold water, no bleach
Lay flat, or hang to dry. Dryer is not recommended.
• PLEASE NOTE: Processing times can take 3 weeks.
• Designed by Catherine Cortes, exclusively for LuluBee and Kewi Collection
©LuluBee and Kewi 2017