With very few exceptions I really do love everywhere I travel so it’s hard for me to choose a favorite place. But there are a few that do stand out as truly special, that will always have a hold on me and Mali is one of those places. It’s a fascinating country in its diverse cultures, history, landscapes and traditions. You can actually visit the legendary Timbuktu, cruise the Niger River, marvel at mud mosques, ride a camel out in the Sahara and spend the night under the stars among the nomads (all of which I did and will never forget). I could go on for days about how cool Mali is but…..
…..this post is all about bogolanfini or, mud cloth – that beautiful textile from Mali dyed and woven by hand using a traditional, very labor-intensive process. I’m still pissed at myself for not bringing back any of the colorful textiles I saw on my trip but I do have one piece of mud cloth that looks just like these and I’m finally ready to do something with it.
Pillows are an obvious option but I think it would be a shame to chop it up plus I’m really liking how all of these upholstered pieces look.
I could always just throw it over a chair or on the bed…..
Always a good option for commitment-phobes. (Who? Me?)
If you want just a little touch of mud cloth for your home and you happen to be in the UK, Habitat is launching a bogolanfini textile collection this month in collaboration with artist Boubacar Doumbia and it looks beautiful. Lucky you!
Isn’t it all so gorgeous?! Oh, Habitat, will you come to the U.S. already?!
In the meantime, what do you think I should do with my mud cloth?
(Photos: 1.africandesertcrafts.com 2,3.designshuffle.com 4.via Design Sponge 5.Architectural Digest 6.Elle Decor 7.via atlasmountain.tumblr.com 8. Via Apartment Therapy 9-14.via stylesight.com)