The process of making mud cloth involves laying the wet strips of plant fibers or fabric over the top of smooth rocks that have been heated until they're nearly too hot to touch. The heat dries those pieces quickly, creating thin layers of fabric. As many as ten may be needed to create thick cloth for clothing or other purposes. Then, these sheets are laid one on top of another and pounded with wooden mallets so they fuse together and become strong and sturdy.
Bogolanfini is a textile tradition from Africa that has the potential to dramatically enhance the look of any home. This brief essay will take you through the evolution of African mud cloth fabric and its importance in every living space.