While traditionally worn as clothing, mud cloth is now crafted into many different types of items including trendy hats, scarves, handbags, passport bags and shoulder bags, available in our Addoway store and on our website.
Traditionally men weave the white cotton and women create the intricate designs, although the roles have become interchangeable today. It starts out as hand spun cotton, made on site. Then an elaborate process of dying with the mud and bark takes place.
The dying, pattern cutting and sewing of these bags is done by the women. In the photo (left) we see an artisan adding "bleach" to an area that does will remain white. This substance has only a tiny bit of what we know as bleach in it, and is mostly made from a plant-based substance.
It is said that mud cloth was first discovered when a hunter... Read More