Bogolanfini depicting entire bogolan making process, from harvesting cotton to weaving, dying and designing.

Click here to watch a small documentary filmed by the children of the Peep This Segou Film Camp helmed by Dr. Shawn Utsey. The subject of the youth's investigation was the cultural object called Mud Cloth in Segou Mali. The film is as much a document of what they saw and learned but also a testimonial of what can happen when you put cameras in a child's hands.

Click here to see how to make bogolan, from the Smithsonian Folk Life website.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will have a free family day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, celebrating the art and culture of Mali.

Storytelling by Virginia Friends of Mali, dancing, performances by musician Cheick Hamala Diabate and DJ Mikemetic & the Afro Beta Drummers will be featured, along with quilting demonstrations by the Sisters of the Yam African-American Quilters Guild, mudcloth demonstrations by the Virginia Friends of Mali, clay vessel demonstrations by Carren Clarke and woodcut print demonstrations by Dennis Winston.

Look for Lydie and Ana for mud cloth painting demonstrations!
Look for Laetitia, Johanna, and Brahima for storytelling! 

Details: vmfa.museum or (804) 340-1405

Bogolan (mud dyed) + fini (fabric or cloth) = Bogolanfini (Mud Cloth)

Examples of bogolanfini:

Cap (not bogolan).     Shoulder bag.         Backpack.

Duffle bag.          Messenger bag.

Customized conference tote bag

Modern designs on Bogolanfini (Mudcloth)