|Aboubakar in our Mullumbimby workshop|
The first workshop was on Mud Cloth, or Bogolanfini which is created by using a mud that is high in iron to permanently stain the cloth. Traditionally this textile was worn as a type of camouflage by Malian hunters, and the patterns are rich in cultural significance. Aboubakar always starts off his mud cloth workshops with his favourite talisman of the fish.
|Aboubakar demonstrates how to apply the mud to the cloth|
|Mixing the mud to the right consistency|
|Some of my mud cloth experiments|
|Becci with her lovely mandala fabric, handpainted|
|Becci working on a scarf with Rebecca and Janie in the background|
I will post an article about the indigo workshop in the next day or so. It was a great experience to work with such a professional and passionate advocator for natural dyeing and the lost textile arts of Mali.