If you are fascinated by the beauty and vigor of mudcloth, this book will inform you about traditional and contemporary examples of this fabric, known as Bogolon in the local language. Victoria Rovine did her PhD work in this field and and written a lively account of her experiences in Mali during the 16 months she spent there over the time period 1991 and 2000. Published by the Smithsonian Press, this book “Bogolon: Shaping Culture through Cloth” is an invaluable addition to the litany of work about traditional textiles of West Africa.
Ms Rovine spoke with elders in small villages and with young artists in Bamako who were pursuing this ancient craft in the modern vernacular. The book is replete with numerous beautiful photographs. Her thoughtful observations will answer your questions and provoke further thought about the role of fabrics in cultures the world over.
Seeing all the examples Rovine offers will also inform you about how strong a source of inspiration Bogolon has been in the realm of African Prints in the textile industry.