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Indigo fabric is one of the most popular fabrics from Africa. Symbolic of wealth and prosperity, this fabric is admired by almost every ethnic group on the continent.
Even the Tuareg have been called the "purple nomads" because of their extensive use of this cloth. The cotton fabric is first hand-woven on looms and then dyed using leaves from the indigo plant that have been beaten into a pulp, rolled into balls, and then left to dry in the sun for two to three days. After this, they are mixed in an ash and water solution that acts as a fixative for the indigo dye. The fabric is dyed using the tie-dye or plain-print method, and the excess dye is removed by hammering the fabric with rubber mallets.
Indigo dye often rubs off onto the skin, so do not be surprised if this happens when you handle the fabric.
**Each piece is one of a kind and the patterns vary from piece to piece. Exact designs cannot be specified. approx. 60" x 42". Made in Mali. M-F160
Mudcloth & Hand-Made Fabrics Flier
You can also choose an individual piece of mudcloth here. (Exact pieces can be chosen for $3 more each.)
Indigo pieces may bleed. To prevent this, wash several times in cold water to remove as much loose dye as possible.
Nothing makes a fashion statement better than mudcloth!
These mudcloth pieces, which are made in Mali are "Lapa" size. Approx. 38" - 45" wide x 63" - 68" long. Sizes may vary as these are hand made. Traditional African mudcloth sheets are handwoven and made one at a time. No two pieces of mud cloth are exactly alike, so the colors shown are available, but the exact patterns vary from one piece to the next. They're great for clothing, home decoration, crafts and other creative pursuits. African artisans hand-dye symbols into these fabrics in order to tell stories of their villages and African proverbs. Mudcloth has a long tradition of being used by West African warriors and hunters to camouflage themselves. Nowadays, people across the globe are wearing them to stand out and celebrate their connection to the African continent. M-F050
Best to wash by hand.
All mudcloth is individually hand spun, hand woven, and hand painted. Each piece is different. Photos shown here are representative of colors only.
Please note: There is only 1 in stock for each style #. These are unique pieces so multiple quantities of a particular style # cannot be ordered. If ordered, it could cause a delay in your order.
APPROX 5' x 7' - Mudcloth Bambara - Genuine mudcloth with hand-painted designs using the traditional methods which have been passed down for many years. The cloth is first woven, then a design is painted on by hand using natural ingredients. Each piece is unique and different. No two pieces are alike. This cloth is then dipped into specially prepared dyes made with mud, left to dry and then often dipped again. The process may take several weeks from start to finish. Authentic mudcloth with symbolic designs. M-F130
Kuba cloth is just starting to become popular in the United States. Using the leaf of the raffia tree, the Kuba people of the Congo first hand cut, and then weave the strips of leaf to make pieces of fabric, often called raffia cloth.
Each fabric, each pattern, and each design in traditional kuba fabrics has great meaning. Sizes vary from 20-28" wide x 9-14 ft. long. Made in Congo. M-F150
Styles 1-16 will have many in stock. Other styles may only have 1 piece available, and will not usually be re-stocked once they have sold out.
Nothing makes a fashion statement better than mudcloth! With this, you can choose your own piece of mudcloth and know what you are getting.These mudcloth pieces, which are made in Mali are "Lapa" size. Approx. 40" - 45" wide x 63" - 68" long.
No two pieces are alike and none can be specified.
Note: The antique indigo is an antique fabric. It has been used for years if not decades. That is the reason that it's faded as it is and the reason that there are holes that have been repaired.
Anitque indigo fabric has a faded and aged colors to give it a vintage look. Less color bleeding. Sizes vary from approx. 36" to 45" wide and approx. 56" to 63" long. 100% cotton. Thick and soft fabric. It's versatile in its uses from wearing as a blanket, decoration, or to make clothing or pillows. Made in Mali. M-F163