Did anyone else notice all the mud cloth love on the season finale of Fixer Upper last week? It was mud cloth heaven my friends. I love that show. I love mud cloths. Heaven.
I started noticing mud cloths about a year ago. I have no idea how long they’ve been a design trend, but I doubt they will ever go out of style (kind-of like classic midcentury modern pieces). Bògòlanfini (aka mud cloth) originates from Mali, Africa and is a symbol of Malian cultural identity. Its production has been described as “cumbersome” and when you read the process you’ll see why. To summarize, the Malians soak strips of cotton in a dye bath made from leaves of the n’gallama tree, turning the fabric yellow. Then they paint intricate motifs on the fabric with mud that has been fermented for up to a year in clay jars. A chemical reaction between the mud and dyed cloth causes the brown colour to remain after the mud is washed off. Finally, the yellow dye is removed from the unpainted parts using soap or bleach. Wow…no wonder the cloth is so expensive.
Check out the beautiful mud cloth pillows in the living room:
And in the bedroom:
This had to be one of my favourite renovations to date by Chip and Joanna. There was definitely a Scandi vibe going on with all the black, white and natural warm elements. The mud cloth pillows added the perfect finishing touch to the space.
If you want to add some traditional, cosy, mud cloth warmth to your home, check these out:
And here are some ideas for that gorgeous living room rug:
Post update: I’ve since found some (relatively) inexpensive alternatives to authentic mud cloth. Check out this site for mud cloth print reproductions. AND, if you are handy with a sewing machine, there are a number of etsy stores that sell authentic mud cloth fabric, OR fabric stores, such as this one that sell mud cloth reproductions. Happy mud clothing!
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