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Totally elevates the look and feel of your interior.
The perfect traditional yet modern art piece.
Outstanding quality and hand weaving details.
Unique piece of art unlike any other in the world.
Native mudcloth, known as bògòlanfini, is widespread in Malian culture. It is believed to be able to absorb negative miasmas and so provide protection to everyone around it. With this handcrafted piece, you will experience the true art and culture of the Malian people, while sharing the good luck and vibes it protects within the nearby space.
An impressive process
To dye the cloth, it is first soaked in a dye bath made from the mashed and boiled leaves of the n’gallama tree. The cloth is then sundried and painted with intricate motifs which are deeply symbolic of Malian culture and the connection they have with Gaia. The paint, is a special mud, collected from riverbeds and fermented for up to a year in clay jars, which chemically reacts with the dyed cloth to leaves the final colour after it is washed off. Finally, the n’gallama dye is washed off.
Mudcloth can be cleaned with good results by a dry cleaner, machine washing or by hand washing. Be aware some dry cleaners will not clean hand made fabrics.
If machine washing, place fabric in a lingerie bag and wash in cold water using the gentle cycle and a mild laundry detergent. The water will turn dark therefore at least initially the fabric should be washed by itself. You may have to rinse the machine before laundering other clothing.
On initial cleaning by any method there may be some fading. Dry flat or hang dry. Mudcloth can also be pressed using a steam iron with good results.
Today, Moroccan craftsmanship includes about 70 different trades. This ancestral way of life offers a diversity of creations and materials used: wood, copper, stone, iron, leather ...
Without this activity, thousands of families would be condemned to poverty which would mark the end of the extraordinary dynamism of the souks.
We are working with these artists to revive traditional art and give new life to those who have suffered the consequences of the economic and social issues of human societies.
Our priority is to further develop the weaving know-how and encourage the learning of our artisans in order to give them the means to achieve total financial independence for a happy and fulfilling life.
How are the artisans paid?
Rug making is a long process and constitutes an integral part of the Berber communities we operate in, therefore Benisouk stands as a guarantor to maintain a long-standing relationship with them. As custodians, we take our responsibility to support our artisans, their culture, their communities through the rug-making process and comply with any legal requirements for human and labor rights.
It is only right, as a leader in the trade of Berber handmade rugs, to give a fair remuneration. We always do our best to support our artisans and communities in a way that reflects the human spirit. That is why we are committed to re-invest at least 15% of our profits in the development of rural communities and provide additional subsidies that allow our artisans and their families to flourish financially and personally.