Africans at NIMR 1
013: Africans at NIMR 1
Created by Abdul Sesay (Genomics platform)
Mudcloth from Sub-Sahara West Coast of Africa.
This represents all the Africans who have worked at NIMR.
The making of mudcloth is a time-consuming process, normally taking four days to one week, depending on the weather. Each piece is made of 100% cotton, and is completely hand-made. The men start the process by weaving cotton thread on a loom. The loom is normally hand-held and makes a strip of cloth five to six inches wide. After they weave around nine panels they sew them together and then traditionally the women paint and design the cloth.
The cloth is then set in a fixative solution made from tea. The mud designs are hand-painted and the tea sets into the fabric. Mud used to make mudcloth is usually mixed with water and set aside for about a year.
Social status, characters and occupation can be represented in a piece of mudcloth. Even without the meanings being well known, mudcloth has become tremendously popular lately in the western world. It is an extraordinarily beautiful fabric; the unique and exotic colors and designs combine with a hand-spun, hand-woven fabric to produce a rich and elegant textile.