THE BOGOLAN CROSSBODY - A foldover purse made of African mud cloth
Much like The Bogolan pouch, this purse is made of handmade Malian cotton fabric (Bògòlanfini) traditionally dyed with fermented mud. The fabric is unique and sets it apart from most traditional fabrics with a unique hand. This crossbody purse is perfect for everyday use and is sure to complement any wardrobe.
The fabric that adorns the purse, Bogolanfini, has an important place in traditional Malian culture. Recently, it has become a symbol of Malian cultural identity. Bogolanfini was born in the 12th century. It was actually originally used by peasants. The fabric is matriarchal in a way, as each pattern tells a different story and secrets which are passed from mother to daughter. A reoccurring trend in these patterns offer variations of protection or safety. PROCESS
For more information on the actual Bogolan making checkthis page out.
We import the Malian fabrics to our Portland, OR studio where we measure cut and carefully sew.
We cut. We sew. We zip.
It may sound simple but each step takes time, patience and care. Especially since it's all handmade.
Bogolan fabric can be washed by hand using cold water. As you can imagine, mud cloth fabrics can deteriorate with too much wash so dry cleaning is often more preferable.