Mudcloth, originating from Mali, Africa is a traditional handwoven cotton cloth. This textile is dyed with leaves, vegetables and clay.
Different techniques are used by the various tribes of Mali. The Bambara tribe in particular, boils the bark or leaves of certain trees and lets the cloth remain in this solution for a day. It is then rinsed and dried. The mud ripens for a year before it is used. The designs are painted with the ripened mud onto the cloth with a strip of bamboo. The designs are retraced with a local soap of ashes soaked in vegetable oil. After another coating of mud is applied, the cloth is sun-dried, rinsed, beaten with a rod, rubbed between the hands and rinsed again to remove the mud. The tribe keeps vigil over the fabric as the weather may suddenly change and the fabric must be sheltered.
The Mudcloth Wrap is a must-have accessory for everyone's wardrobe. It can be worn as a headwrap, collar, belt and scarf. In order to achieve the vest-look, two mudcloth wraps must be worn. This accessory is adorned with handmade one-of-a-kind clay beads which resemble traditional African trade beads and cowrie shells. Both of which were used as money in ancient Africa.
It is suggested that the Mudcloth Wrap be purchased according to hip size: small (32-36), medium (36-43), large (42-48), and X-large (48-54). Once the Mudcloth Wrap fits the hips, it can easily be worn as other accents as shown in the directions. Because of the dye process, these wraps must be dry cleaned to preserve their color.
Nothing goes to waste at Twain's Twines. Knowing what it took to make mudcloth, the scraps cannot be discarded. The leftover scraps of the Mudcloth Wraps are then patchworked into a cloth the Twain calls mosaic mudcloth. Depending on the product, the patchwork product may be handpainted. Some of the mosaic mudcloth products include hats and wine bottle covers.