The native name for the Mud cloth fabric is “Bogolanfini.” In the Malian Bambara language, Bogolanfini is made up of three words: Bogo, meaning “earth” or “mud,” lan, which means “with,” and fini, which translates to “cloth,” which is how the fabric gets its name. Traditionally, men wove strips of fabric together to create a larger canvas and women dyed it using an intricate hand-dying process. The vibrant and beautiful designs are created by painting with fermented mud or sludge. The cloth is first dyed using tea leaves and branches, then dried in the sun. Patterns, which each have cultural, historic, and geographic significance, are painted onto the cloth with mud and then washed. The process is repeated to create different patterns and hues, and then a natural bleach mixture is used to turn any yellow areas brown. Mud cloth patterns are rich in cultural significance as well; referring to historical battles, mythological concepts, or Malian proverbs. The process is passed down generationally, and oftentimes, pattern meanings are known only to small communities of people.
Made to Order: This Kaftan has an oversized design silhouette and can be worn several ways. Our Mud-cloth fabrics are authentically sourced from our artisan partners in Mali, Africa, and meticulously handcrafted in California. Features unsown fringed hems. Each design is unique to its own. Strips of handwoven cotton are stitched together to create this fabric. Hand-painted with unique patterns using various natural dyes. Handwoven, each design is unique to its own, a similar feeling to a light throw.
- Fabric: Organic Cotton
- Care: Dry Clean Only
- Size and Fit:
- Model wearing: One Size - Comfortable fits a size Small - Large
- Length 44.5 inches
- Model is 5 ft 9 in
- Made in the U.S.A.
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Returns & Exchange:
Customers are Required to contact our Customer Care Team for return approvals within the first 3 days of gown delivery through Email. Upon approval - We generously accept Returns & Exchanges on Kaftans within ( 7 days in the US. and 14 days for International orders) upon delivery with the following stipulations: The return shipping cost will be charged to the customer ( this includes both the U.S. and International returns ). In Case of manufacturing errors; the customer will be eligible for an exchange of a similar product at no cost. Read more on our terms and conditions on checkout.
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