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Rare purple (reddish) bogolan = mudcloth from Mali.

The hand spun and hand woven cotton fabric from Mali known as bogolan or mud cloth, is rather well known. Since they are dyed with (fermented) mud and natural pigments, you'll mostly see light and dark brown, black, yellow and red ocre color in geometrical patterns. White parts are made with some sort of natural bleeching.

Sometimes you see brighter colors but with dull patterns or none at all. So I think this bogolan is very special, with it's bright purple color and strong geometrical design. I must confess however, that I am not 100 % sure this color is also natural. But I think so because I bought it at the Mali market at Dakar's railway station, a normally very reliable place.

This bogolan fabric, like other hand woven African fabric, is made from strips that are sewn together to make a cloth of about 120 x 160 centimeter, so that you can use it as a wrapping skirt (called pagne in francophone and lappa in anglophone countries). Another cloth is used to make the upper body garment.

People use them for clothing, home decoration, bags and so on. Personally I would not cover my sofa with it like some do. Because it is hand spun, rather loosely woven and loosely sewn together (although you can make that better), I think it wouldn't be strong enough for a long time.
I would rather use it as table cloth, curtain, wall decoration or babies' bed cloth.

This particular bogolan was never used, but saved neatly in my closet. It consists of 6 strips of 20 centimeter. Total size is 120 x 160 centimeter. Wash very carefully!
By the way, the second pic shows a part of the back size. What you see are not stains, well, they are stains but from the mud pattern itself, not dirt!
O yes, and for the first pic I draped the fabric on the stairs so you'll see the suppleness of the fabric. Click this one for enlargement.

This fabric will come with registered mail. See my shop policies:
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African hand woven mudcloth from Mali rare color