African Mud Cloth has been crafted for centuries in a large area of northern Mali and is a tradition that is as unique as the people who created it. Traditionally, this cloth was weaved by local villages to commemorate important events such as births, deaths, weddings, and marriages. What makes this cloth even more special is that both the technique of its creation as well as some of the unique symbols found in it have been handed down from generation to generation for literally hundreds of years.
It is said that the coloring, style, and symbols prominently displayed in this cloth tell a traditional story and that no two pieces of mud cloth are exactly alike. Additionally, even today, in many of the villages across northern and eastern Mali, an individual’s status in society is said to be reflected in the mud cloth that they wear.