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Mudcloth from Mali
Originated by African women of Mali's Bamana culture centuries ago, hand-woven and hand-dyed mud cloth or mudcloth or bogolan uses a centuries-old process using numerous applications of various plant juices/teas and mud to hand woven cotton cloth. No two pieces are alike and each pattern and color combination has a meaning. To read our complete article on mud cloth & how it is produced, click >mudcloth
Note: As of August 2004, prices of mudcloth in Mali have ALMOST doubled for us...(due to the war in the Ivory Coast, the drop of the value of the U.S. dollar vs. the Euro, etc) and shipping charges have gone up between 35-45%, as well. We've ALWAYS strived to provide our clients with affordable good quality mudcloth, however, as of this writing our landed cost of mudcloth is MORE than what we're selling 85% of our pieces for! Thus, while we will be adding new inventory, you will notice a distinct price increase. Please note that this is due to MANY factors, including the declining value of the U.S. dollar, inflation in Mali, significant shipping cost increases and overhead post Sept 11th and difficulty in sourcing good quality mudcloth. We HONESTLY feel that these handmade cloths have been UNDER valued for a long time. We hope you understand...