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My Studio

Rolvenden, Kent TN17



On this 2-hour workshop, you will learn the tradition of Mud Cloth, or earth dyeing on fabric. Using locally-sourced, different coloured clays I will show you how to dye and paint onto pre-mordanted fabric and yarns. The stained fabric can subsequently be used in a craft or sewing project.

Mud cloth, or Bogolanfini, is a unique textile process culturally significant to Africa. Originating in Mali, West Africa, mud cloth is worn by hunters as ritual protection and by women after their initiation into adulthood and immediately after childbirth, to defend against any dangers. In the Bambara language, Bogolanfini is made up of three words: Bogo, “earth” or “mud,” lan, “with,” and fini, “cloth”.

Strips of handwoven cotton are stitched together into a large cloth, then dyed and painted with intricate patterns and symbols using fermented mud or sludge. The cloth is first mordanted using tea leaves and branches, and sometimes will be buried in mud for up to a year.

All materials are included.

Please contact me to discuss specifics.

On the workshop participants learn:

• The historical origins of pigment

• Responsibilities and health & safety of collecting natural materials and processing pigment

• The tradition of Mud Cloth, and the modern interpretation

Participants take home:

• Earth dyed cotton and yarn

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