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Mud Cloths | African Textiles

$74.00

The African mudcloth is an intriguing piece of artwork that has been made for centuries. Originally from the nation of Mali, the cotton-based fabric is a cultural treasure, and the unique designs that adorn it are handmade by African artisans.

Once the cotton strips are sewn together on a loom, they are then stitched together by a professional tailor, so that the cloth becomes large enough to suit various functions, such as for curtains, furniture covers, or clothing.

The delicate process of making and painting a mud cloth involves many coats of using fermented mud which was gathered from local African rivers. The artists use this mud to create the darker portions of their designs and then use a caustic solution to bleach the areas that are not covered with mud.

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