House of Talents

Bogolan + Bazin Tote Bag


Handmade Bogolan and Bazin Tote Bag

Mud cloth, also called bogolan, is one of Mali’s most beautiful textiles.
Handwoven cotton strips are stitched together into a cloth, then hand painted with patterns and symbols
using river mud that has been aged up to one year, Each cloth is a unique work of art.
We’ve been in love with the bogolan cloth for many years and were overjoyed when the artisans said they could create custom bags for us.
Each bag is lined with another traditional tie dyed cloth called the bazin making them reversible and versatile.
The bags fit into our line of bicycle baskets making them the perfect shopping companion or use as a day bag.
Hand wash for better wear.
Care Instructions:
Hand wash Cold with Like Colors, or machine wash on Delicate cycle.
Do not Bleach, do not use Fabric Softener, Tumble Dry Low
Iron if needed
  • 17.5″ (L) x 5.5″ (W) x 18.5″ (H)
  • Handle Height 13″(H)

Batik, or wax-resist fabric dyeing, is one of the world’s oldest art forms.  The technique has been used in the Far East, Middle East, Central Asia and India for over 2000 years. 

To create batik fabrics, melted wax (usually a combination of beeswax and paraffin) is applied to fabric in a specific design or pattern.  When the wax is dry, the fabric is dipped into dye, and the waxed areas of the fabric are protected from the dye - leaving a design when the wax is removed.  Often, multiple colors are used and the fabric goes through a series of dyeing, drying, and waxing steps. After the final dyeing step, the fabric is left to dry, and the wax is removed using boiling water or a solvent. 

Artisans can create intricate designs by brushing or drawing wax onto the fabric.  More uniform patterns can be achieved by carving designs into pieces of foam, creating a stamp that is used to apply the wax design onto the fabric.  Lines are created using a “canting,” a wooden-handled tool attached to a tiny metal cup with a spout which pours out thin lines of wax. 

Batik remains popular in Africa and Southeast Asia today.  In Africa, women work together in group dyeing sessions for the most efficient production of batik fabrics.  The patterns are often passed down from mother to daughter, and often represent traditional images from the artists’ own tribal history. 

At House of Talents we have had the opportunity to meet and work with a few of these skilled batik makers to create handbags and household linen items. Please see and enjoy their amazing works of art under our products section.

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