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Mud cloth (bogolanfini)

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The mud-dyed cloths of the Bamana, called bogolanfani, are used for a variety of purposes. The patterns are created by first dying the cotton cloth in a vegetable dye, which is then painted with a mixture of iron-rich mud. When introduced to sunlight, the chemical reaction between the vegetable...

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Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Bamana peoples, Mali, 20th century, about 1960

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Overall: 147 x 117 cm (57 7/8 x 46 1/16 in.)

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Cotton, pigment


Africa and Oceania