African mud cloth is a forgivable cotton fabric that is trending for pillow makers, upholsters, and bag makers. Vintage pieces of mud cloth, (Bogolan) are typically much lighter weight than the new pieces of mud cloth now being produced in west Africa. A vintage mud cloth may weigh around a pound or less for a piece that is roughly 60 inches long by 42 inches wide. By contrast, a new African mud cloth of the same size will weigh two pounds and sometimes even more. I have also found that the majority of the new mud cloth textiles are more loosely woven as well.
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Pillow covers made from African mud cloth can be found in everything from classic white to the full range of earth tones. The neutral mushroom brown color seen above is less common. This mud cloth color duplicates some of the original vintage bogolan textiles that have become nearly impossible to find in this hue.
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Piecing mud cloth back to other African fabrics is a great way to reuse remnants of cloth that would otherwise be unusable. Above, a strip of African Baule cloth has been sewn to a natural mud cloth.
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Another mud cloth color that has come on strong is dark mustard. I like to call it antique brass, but whatever you choose to name this hue, it certainly is beautiful.
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African mud cloth isn't just for pillows. The beautiful tote seen here makes a real style statement.
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White and natural mud cloth makes a terrific clean palette to add other contrasting textiles. Seen here, Miyukistudios has pieced a hand crafted Japanese indigo with Fletching pattern Sashiko (Hand Stitching) as a focal point.
I had to post these amazing vintage mud cloth pillows seen in Juxtaposition Home. Again, colors like this have become very rare. If you can find the vintage mud cloth with these colors, good on you! Otherwise, the new African mud cloth makers are getting better and better at duplicating the colors.
To find vintage or new pieces of authentic African mud cloth, be sure to shop Morrissey Fabric for a the largest selection on line.