I’ve finally taken photos of my latest purchase from one of my favourite UK online interior stores, YONDER.Living. Brimming with colourful products from around the world, YONDER.Living never fails to inspire me. I couldn’t resist their latest collection and was really taken with this mustard mudcloth cushion from Mali. And yes, I may have bought some other things too, but let’s not focus on that for now…
I interviewed YONDER.Living’s founders a little while ago – catch up on that here. And I love checking out their new collections. In addition to new stunning Sahara pot designs, the new arrivals include beni ourain poufs and mudcloth cushions! I’ll confess that I struggled to finalise my selection of which cushions to buy, as they are all lovely. However, there was something really appealing about the mustard mudcloth cushion in particular. Its not something I see that often, and as I have a grey headboard, it is the perfect accent colour.
What is mudcloth?
Made in Mali, mudcloth (or Bogolanfini) is hand made cotton fabric dyed with fermented mud. Its an ancient process, dating back to the 12th century but its popularity has recently soured. The name Bogolanfini in the Bambara language of Mali translates as ‘bogo‘ meaning earth or mud, ‘lan‘ which means with, and ‘fini‘, meaning cloth.
To make mudcloth, narrow strips of handwoven cotton are stitched together into a whole cloth. They are then painted with patterns and symbols using a variety of natural dyes, including river mud that has been aged up to one year. The symbols on the mudcloth tell a story that was traditionally passed down through generations, and most large mudcloths are unique designs. This makes them really special and something to treasure.
As with much shopping for home accessories these days, be careful that you are buying your mudcloth from a reputable source. By which I mean a company that pays fairly for these handcrafted textiles. YONDER.Living pays its artisan partners a fair price for their products which means you can shop with them with a clear conscience. Many of the items are also one-offs so no risk of seeing your treasured possession in someone else’s living room!
You can shop the rest of YONDER.Living’s mudcloth range here, and if you sign up to their mailing list you’ll get a 10 % discount. What are you waiting for!?
Happy travels, and shopping