This antique mud cloth textile was created by the Bamana people of Mali. It is made of natural unprocessed cotton and hand painted with fermented mud as dye.
All materials were naturally sourced, and the fabric was believed to be sacred. iThe symbols offer protection and tell stories of the artist’s life including birth, death and other significant events.
In Bamana tradition, men are the weavers, and women are the artists behind the beautiful patterns. Women mix the mud dye from secret recipes passed on from mother to daughter, and paint the designs with a small stick by hand.