Bogolanfini in Leather

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2017-01-01
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Ellington, Tameka
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Bògòlanfini in Leather was inspired by the traditional art of bògòlanfini (mud cloth), dating back hundreds of years and was first created by the Malian ethnic group, the Bamana. This technique of textile dyeing with boiled leaves and fermented mud, takes place in several stages. The process of creating authentic bògòlanfini is a highly intricate affair, which is indigenous to Mali; therefore, my goal was to create a similar look with alternative media. I designed a cape using sleek, shiny black leather with rust and white suede pig skins as appliqués and a coordinating skirt. The contrasting colors chosen for my media made a powerful design statement that is reminiscent of Malian bògòlanfini. This piece brings traditional art into contemporary times while honoring the history of the age-old technique.

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