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MEMORIAS | BOGOLAN – MALI

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“Bògòlanfini” is a handmade Malian cotton fabric dyed using a process of fermented mud that dates back to the 12th century. “Bògòlanfini” comes from the Bambara language: bogo, meaning “earth” or “mud;” lan, meaning “with;” and fini, meaning “cloth.” 

 

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MEMORIAS

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BOGOLAN – MALI

“Bògòlanfini” is a handmade Malian cotton fabric dyed using a process of fermented mud that dates back to the 12th century. Bogolan is a word which means “resulting from the ground” in Bambara. 

“Bògòlanfini” comes from the Bambara language: bogo, meaning “earth” or “mud;” lan, meaning “with;” and fini, meaning “cloth.” 

Cotton is often grown on small family farms, using labor-intensive methods. After being picked and cleaned, it is spun into rough threads. The color of the fabric before decoration is cream. These fibers are woven into strips 10-15cm wide. Traditionally, the men of the village do the weaving work. They use time-consuming hand looms. After weaving, the strips are sewn together.

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This African fabric mostly displays neutral colors, such as white, black or ocher. In some cases, it can also be green or blue.

Historically, these motifs had a particular meaning, sometimes addressed to wives, girls, hunters or even newlyweds. Now it’s mostly decorative designs.

Before decorating, the fabric is soaked in tea from the N’Galaman or N’Tjankara tree, or sometimes other types. This stain acts as a fixative for future colors.

This is also where the term Bogolan was born. Before that, the dyes of boiling, crushing and fermentation of various roots, leaves, flowers, stems, fruits and seeds, are mixed with mud and left to age, often up to a year, up to what they achieve the correct colors.

Traditionally, this is done by the women of the village. If white / cream color is required, these areas may need special attention to rebleach with a soda. The whole process can take weeks for each item to complete.

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All the patterns and colors on the mud canvas have meaning. Often they are not the same in various areas.

Each piece carries a story, therefore some textiles may show signs of age, fraying, tiny repaired or un-repaired holes, and slight staining. Such potential details should not be considered as defects but are a result of the textiles special history and add to the uniqueness, value, and history of the piece.

 Widely spread in Africa, the Bogolan became known in Europe in the 1980s

in particular with the Malian fashion designer Chris Seydou, who worked among others for Yves Saint Laurent.

The raw materials of the TONI CAPTAIN | “MEMORIAS” series are all handmade and authentic.

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ELASTICS

Thin black, Thin white, Big black,  Big white