My Funky Uptown Bucket Bag is a patchwork purse with side pockets. There are side pockets on either side and can be made with one color or coordinating colors. The one on the website and in this picture used an African mud cloth. Since many people do not know where or what mud cloth means, I thought I would try to explain it.
Mud cloth (bogolanfini) is a handmade West African cotton fabric that was traditionally created by men and dyed by women. Men would weave the cloth and women would dye using a complicated technique that takes days to complete. The colors look similar to earth and or mud colors. The Bambara language states the word “bogolanfini” breaks down to “bogo” meaning earth or mud, “lan” means with or by the means of, and “fini” means cloth.
The men weave using narrow looms, cotton strips around six inches wide and weave into cloths of three feet wide and five feet long.
After a very long period of time the dark brown color turns various shades of brown and the unpainted underside of the fabric has a pale russet color.