2.17.2016

Back to my roots

In honor of Black History Month, I've decided to take it back to my African roots and share with you my new favorite home decor accent!

My mother was digging through some old fabric for me, and ran across this beautiful African cloth.



I instantly fell in love with the colors and pattern and decided to do a little research to find out the exact type of cloth it was. I found a really informative article explaining the differences between kente, kuba, and mud cloths.

After examining my cloth I learned that it best resembles a traditional mud cloth. The article states:


"The process of creating mud cloth also called "bogolanfini" artwork requires both patience and skill. Long cloth strips, finimugu, about six inches wide are woven by men and sold in rolls at the market." 

They explained how actual mud is left to ferment for a year and the cloth is then dipped in it for its color. 

"Mordanting the cloth then painting it with mud rich in iron oxide produces the black or dark brown color for which bogolanfini is most recognized."

There was so much information about mud cloth and its patterns. If you're interested in more check it out here!


After my educational lesson, I began to wonder how I could possibly incorporate it into my home decor. I definitely think since the cloth I have is so large it could be used as a table cloth or used to recover a cushion such as the seat on my entryway chair! 

I found an etsy shop that had a similar idea: 



I love how the cloth looks as a table cloth! I think it would be great to pull out for special occasions or to impress some home guest! 

Next up are these gorgeous pillows! If you know me, you know that I'm a pillow hoarder. Im obsessed with the rich colors and geometric patters. 1. Top left pillow 2. Middle pillow 3. Bottom right pillow


This Etsy shop created some beautiful wall art that is simple and clean, yet still an eye catcher. I think this is a great neutral that can be used in any space!



These photos have really inspired me to try new things with my decor! What's your favorite use & how would you incorporate African cloth into your home? 

-Lisa 


8 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this idea.....thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love all these, Lisa! It's so nice that you wanted to research fabric given to you from your mom. I've been looking for some mudcloth to add to my shop. Can't wait to find some great ones to make pillows out of!

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    1. The cloth was really a great find, Whitney. Id love to see you're pillow design with the patterns!

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  3. That fabric is so beautiful! I love the idea of the pillows!

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  4. I love the pillows, especially the middle one! I might have to get one for my son's room makeover!

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    1. If you do I would love to see it Linda!

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