Vintage Bamana Mud Cloth Textile 60.5″ x 33″ – Mali – African Art



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Traditionally, the Bamana people of Mali created this style of cloth from dyed fermented mud where numerous patterns, shapes and colors are used. This particular textile measures 60.5 inches by 33 inches wide. Used textiles may have minor rips, tears and faying of the edges. Please inspect photos.

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100% Cotton

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1 lb

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Textiles may have rips, frayed edges or minor stains. Inspect photos.

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African Textiles

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About the Bamana People

“The 2,500,000 Bambara people, also called Bamana, form the largest ethnic group within Mali and occupy the central part of the country, in an area of the savannah. They live principally from agriculture, with some subsidiary cattle rearing in the northern part of their territory. The Bambara people are predominantly animists, although recently the Muslim faith has been spreading among them. The Bambara kingdom was founded in the 17th century and reached its pinnacle between 1760 and 1787 during the reign of N’golo Diarra is credited with conquering the Peul people and in and in turned claimed the cities of Djenne and Timbuktu. However, during the 19th century, the kingdom began to decline and ultimately fell to the French when they arrived in 1892. For the most part, Bambara society is structured around six male societies, known as the Dyow (sing Dyo).”

Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

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About African textiles

Originally used as a form of currency, woven African textiles have been very important throughout many African cultures. African textiles are often used to memorialize individuals and they often play a special role in traditional celebrations and ceremonies.


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