Mud Cloth is very often used by hunters as a camouflage because of its near earth appearance. It is also used to wrap children up at birth, at special events and more.

The West African nation of Mali is famed for tie-dyed textiles and unique colors and prints used in its garments. The culture is lively, and that is reflected in the garments you see throughout the entire nation, no matter which region you are in. Although Western clothing is becoming more popular, you can still see much of the traditional dress that the Malian people pride themselves on.

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Today, Custom Qamis is bringing you in West Africa to make you discover the traditional malian costume.  Known for their inveterate love for the fashion, Malian are people rich in colors, in cultures, who counts not less than 20 ethnic groups.  Let you be seduced by the malian male clothing.

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Andinkra Symbols are very common symbols on Mud Cloth. Andinkra are Ghanian (Ghana is a country in West Africa) symbols.  Mud Cloth is widely used around the world in fashion houses, upholstery, decor and more. Mud Cloth are most commonly used to make Jalabiyas (Long Robes) Dashikis, Dresses, shawls, hats, bags and more.

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If they come from China and Central Europe, the tissues of damask cotton, the basin, are dyed in Bamako, capital of Mali. The fabrics tinted by thousands of colors adorn the city streets wonderfully. This upscale tissue is the symbol of fluency and elegance, so much that rich and poor are competing to obtain the most beautiful. Hub of the basin, Bamako exports throughout Africa the tissues charged with colors, in order to benefit the continent with its true skills.

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 Boubou in bogolan.

Mali is famous for a type of rough-cotton textile called mud cloth, which is often used to make dashikis, a colorful men's shirt. After the cloth is woven, it is hand-painted in centuries-old patterns, then dipped in dyes made from mud. After it dries, it may be dipped again in a process that may take several weeks to complete.

Mud Cloth is the official traditional clothing in Mali. Mali is a french speaking country in Western Africa. Mali’s flag consists of three connected vertical rectangles with colors – Green ,Gold and Red respectively. Mali’s population is about 14.5 Million. Mali’s weather is dry and hot from February to about June, rainy and humid from June to about November and cool from November to sometime in February.

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Bright and shimmering colors, moose designs, malian traditional clothes are spotted from afar and are sweating the joy of living. Again a people who is wearing the human warmth on his back!

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This traditional art which dates since hundreds of years, is born in Mali, and extended then in all West Africa, especially in Guinea and in Burkina Faso. It is the Dogons, a malian ethnic group, who are at the origin of this tissue. The patterns are the imprint of artists, of people, women and men, which we guess the origin just at the sight of the bogolan.

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A vast majority of the Mali people is Muslim, however, they haven’t adopted the typical Muslim dress you might find in other Muslim-dominated nations. The Muslim veil or hijab is one example of this, as Mali women do not wear them. Some traditional Muslim dress rules do apply, however, such as the one regarding shorts, which are not considered decent to wear, particularly by adults.

In the past, we would find the bogolan in small coupons of 5 to 10 cm, which were assembled by hand to make large loincloths. Henceforth, bogolan is founded in form of large rolls. Tailors then cut loincloths of several meters to facilitate the sharing and the making of boubous. It is also founded increasingly in industrial form, simpler and more cost effective, and above all with a less pronounced mud smell.

The bogolan is a tissue of cotton, thicker or thinner, hand-spun and heavy to wear. The term bogolan comes from the bambara, the most common language in Mali: "bogo" means earth and "lan" means " comes from". The bogolan designates at the same time the tissue and the dyeing technique.

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Silk skirts, tunics and long dresses are popular choices for Mali women, particularly the pagne, which is a wraparound skirt. Traditionally, women also wear turbans that match their dresses. The boubou, which is a full-length tunic, is a traditional men’s garment.