Mudcloth, or bogolanfini, is traditionally made by the Bamana people of Mali using materials and dyes locally sourced in the region. The technique dates back to the 12th century when the cloth was made to be a highly symbolic and utilitarian textile. Each Vintage Mudcloth Pillow features a unique panel cut from the same one-of-a-kind textile; No two are exactly alike and pattern placement may vary from pillow to pillow.
The creation of mudcloth is an entirely by-hand, multiple step process that takes over a year to complete. The women of a household spin cotton into a thread before it is hand woven on a narrow strip vertical loom. The narrow strips are sewn together to create the desired width for each panel. To dye the cloth, iron-rich mud is collected from streams and ponds, and is fermented for an entire year until it turns black. The makers then soak the cloth in a liquid made of the leaves of native trees, which dyes the cloth and allows for the tannins in the mud to bind the cotton. A female artist outlines the resist pattern with a stick or metal tool and then the entire background is covered with the fermented mud. This meticulous application is repeated twice to ensure a dark, rich color.
Each piece of mudcloth has a specific story to tell about cultural heritage and the artisan handmade process. Our mudcloth pillows are a luxurious addition to your home, steeped in tradition and craftsmanship.
This pillow is 14” x 20” and comes stuffed with a removable down/feather insert enclosed by a brass zipper. The back side of our pillow features 100% Belgian linen sourced from a sustainable mill and our signature Meridian tag.
Our mudcloth pillow contains an authentic and high quality piece of a Malian mudcloth that is approximately 30 – 70 years old. Due to its entirely handmade creation process, no two pillows are exactly the same. Minor imperfections may be visible that speak to the handmade process and tell the story of its creator.
All of our textiles are handcrafted using the finest natural materials. To prevent loosening the shape or weave of the vintage cloth, we recommend dry cleaning our pillow covers.