As a lover of black & white patterns, I was thrilled to find these Mud cloths from Mali, also known as African Bogolanfini fabric.
Mud cloth is made out of 100% Malian cotton, which is traditionally dyed with fermented mud.
The process of making these patterns takes quite some time by using a special mud that is collected from riverbeds after its been fermented for up to a year in a clay jar.
The beautiful graphic patterns appear after a chemical reaction has taken place between the mud and dyed cloth, resulting in this one of a kind fabric.
I love how they combine with a classic interior. It’s graphic, yet timeless and blend’s in well in almost every home.
I found these beautiful wrappers during my stay in Tanzania.
Seeing this wide range of variations and rich colours it inspired me to use them for different interior settings.
The name Ashoke literally means “top cloth” and by origin it's a ceremonial dress, worn on special occasions such as weddings and funerals to showcase prestige and wealth.
The cloths are made out of woven cotton, rayon and wild silk. These fabrics go well with natural materials, such as marble and wood and because of the neutral colours they are also perfect to combine with several interior styles.
When in Kenya, I discovered this so called Raffia cloth. The technique is a variation of rectangular or square pieces of woven palm leafs fiber which is similar to a cut pile carpet.
In the kaKuba villages they are using them as mats to sit on. What I like about the textile, is that you often can't find a consistent pattern. The minimalistic variation in the details give it a playfull effect and a unique design.
The shoowa mats are perfect to use as big cushions to sit on and decorate your couch, bed, or floor with.