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African Mudcloth Textile / Scarf / Runner

$88

Why we love it: Mudcloth features the perfect imperfection of true artisan work. Every piece is unique and no two are ever the same. These items can be used as runners or a scarves and serve as the ideal travel companions (not too hot and can be worn over shoulders, necks, or around the waist as a sarong).

This one is long continous stripes.

Measurements: 58 x 26 with fringe.

 

Though it’s commonly referred to as “African”, mudcloth hails from northern Africa, specifically the inland country of Mali in the Western Sahara region. The term “mudcloth” is loosely translated from Bambara, the language spoken in Mali. “Bògòlanfini” as it is called in Bambara, combines three root words: “bogo” meaning earth or mud, “lan” meaning ‘with’, and “fini” meaning cloth. The handmade Malian cloth dyed using fermented mud, giving it its name-sake. The tradition dates back to the 12th century.

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