Vintage Mali Bogolanfini or "mud-cloth" cotton textile, now a 16" x 16" pillow cover, the narrow strip cloth probably made for the tourist market. The back is covered in a Mali fabric as well. Made in Asheville!
Please note - filler not included.
Bogolanfini textiles are closely associated with the Bamana people of Mali. The cloth is cotton, woven on narrow looms and sewn together to produce pieces used for clothing, mostly men's shirts and women's skirts. The geometric designs are dyed using zinc oxide or "mud" and often have rows of circles, crosses, zig-zag lines, and other motifs. These motifs have important meaning to the Bamana people, referring to historical events, mythological subjects, and are often hidden "coded" subjects, which only the "initiated" can understand.