West African Textiles: Mali-Bògòlanfini

West African Textiles: Mali-Bògòlanfini

West African Textiles: Mali-Bògòlanfini

This lesson is West African Textiles and the Bògòlanfini cloth of Mali. It is the second of a 5-part series on West African textiles, which will be taught by Mina Dia-Stevens. We will teach you about the great “Bògòlanfini” cloth of Mali. From interiors to apparel, creatives from around the world know and love the great Bògòlanfini “mud cloth” textile of Mali. Beginning with the handmade Malian cotton fabric and traditionally dyed with fermented mud, Bogolan is a cherished national symbol and represents the identity of Malian culture.
Be sure to view our other lessons on the West African Textiles of Burkina Faso, Senegal, Côte D’Ivoire and Ghana.

Module Description
1 Review – What is an African Textile?
2 Journey to West Africa – Welcome to Mali
3 Introducing the Bogolanfini Cloth
4 Creating the Bogolanfini Cloth
5 The Final Product
6 The Creative Pioneer of Bogolanfini Cloth
7 My Collection of Bogolanfini textiles
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Module 1 Review – What is an African Textile?

Let’s do a quick review…

What are African Textiles? Each textile distinctly comes from a specific African country. Many are hundreds of years old and have been handed down from generation to generation and are only native to very distinct African cultures. All African textiles encompass yarns, threads, or local, seasonal, or traditional materials that are native to specific African countries. African handmade cloth-making must be preserved. Traditional cloth is considered essential for century-long traditions and ceremonies in general. Those traditional methods of production and process are still maintained and celebrated today!


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