BOGOLAN FABRIC

Bogolan Fabric

€135,00 €150,00
BOGOLAN FABRIC

Bogolan Fabric

€135,00 €150,00
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Bogolan , also known as bogolanfini , is an African textile, native to Mali. Bogolanfini is a word from the Bamana people that describes the textile dyeing technique:

  • bogo means "earth" or "mud",
  • lan means "with" or "through" and
  • fini means" fabric ".

The traditional uses of fabric reflect important aspects of the Bamana social organization. The tunics of Bogolan they are used by hunters, a highly respected and powerful group for whom bogolan's earth tones serve as camouflage, protection ritual, as well as an immediately recognizable emblem of their occupation. The cloth is also present at important events in a woman's life . Bogolan wrappers are used by girls after their initiation into adulthood and by women immediately after delivery. The cloth is believed to have the power to absorb the dangerous forces released in these significant moments.

The designs that adorn the bogolan often carry great cultural significance. Symbols can refer to inanimate objects, historical events, mythological subjects or sayings. A popular pattern refers to a famous 19th century battle between a warrior from Mali and French colonial forces. Other patterns depict crocodiles, a significant animal in Bamana mythology, and talking drums used to stimulate Bamana warriors into battle. Artists can choose from a wide variety of motifs, which they use in various combinations to produce a single piece of fabric.

Each cloth has, on average, the following measurements:

Width: z
Length: 163 cm

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