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About Us – Clothing and textiles

We have a large collection of African woven textiles in particular Mudcloth (see extra text below) and Kuba cloth (see picture right). Our collection also extends to Kente cloth from Ghana, printed cotton from Cote’D’Ivoire.
Primitive and tribal woven and or embroidered pieces from Africa, India, and Central Asia.

Bamana Mud Cloths ……
These beautiful cloths, sometimes referred to as Bogolonfini Mud cloths come from Mali in West Africa. In order to attain their very distinctive patters, they must undergo several dyeing processes. They are made up of narrow strips that are hand spun yarn then washed with water and placed in the sun to dry. It is then dyed yellow from and infusion prepared from the leaves, Anogeissus leiocarpus and Combretum glutiosum. Mud that is collected one year prior from a dried up pond is then applied to one side of then cloth according to the desired pattern. It is allowed to dry and then dipped in the water to wash the mud off. The cloth is immersed in the yellow dye again and given another application of mud. Peanuts, caustic soda, millet bran and water are mixed together and heated. This preparation is then carefully painted over the yellow design and the yellow then turns brown. The cloth is dried in the sun for a week and the soda soap is washed off leaving the design white on a dark background. The cloths are then worn as tunics by hunters and other men.
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Clarke, Duncan. (1997) The Art of African Textiles. Promotional Reprint Company, London, UK.