Bogolan, Bògòlanfini or mud cloth is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud.
To make this fabric a special mud is collected from riverbeds and fermented for up to a year in a clay jar. Because of a chemical reaction between the mud and the dyed cloth, the brown colour remains after the mud is washed off.
Bògòlanfini has an important place in traditional Malian culture and has, more recently, become a symbol of Malian cultural identity. Over the years dramatic technical and stylistic innovations transformed the cloth from its village origins into a symbol of new internationalism.
The bogolan fabric is a beautiful addition to contemporary interior design. It can fit into a wide variety of interior styles thanks to its versatile patterns and natural hues.