Mud Cloth Mali - Ruana

$ 125.00

Mud Cloth Mali - Ruana - $125

Condition: New, pre-washed

Material: 100% Cotton - Handwoven

41" W  x  31" L

Fit: One size loose fitting

Another striking ReDesign by Sally Moon! Starting with the rich textile from Mali, West Africa, known as mud cloth, Sally has created by hand a ruana that can be worn by both men and women. The thick, soft cotton is breathable and drapes beautifully.

Light on the body, this ruana will keep you cozy and comfortable on a cool, damp evening or a sunny afternoon. Easy to dress up or down, it will make a versatile and practical addition to your collection. The natural, organic beauty of this hand-made textile is perfect to wear in ceremony. In fact, it can work for any occasion, from the office to the opera. This earthy textile is great to take to outdoor events too. Wrap up in it to sit around the fire or fold it up and use it as a cushion. The uses ae endless.

A ruana? What is that? Picture a poncho that is open in the front. Originating in Columbia, the ruana was traditionally worn by men. Later women wanted in on the fun, and today this style is worn worldwide by both men and women. It is usually worn simply open in the front, yet you can create a variety of looks by draping it different ways, or using accessories such as scarves, belts, or pins. For example, try a jazzy variation by tossing one side over the shoulder.

Achieving a beautiful balance of masculine and feminine energies, mud cloth from Mali is first hand-woven by men in long strips which are then sewn together. After that, the women add the creative designs. These designs are achieved through a time intensive process involving the fermenting of vegetation used to soften the fabric, followed by the application of various kinds of natural clay to create the designs and colors. The patterns reflect meaningful symbols, some of which are considered sacred. The Bamana people of Mali wear this textile in various important ceremonies.

Please note that the jewelry in some of the photos is not included with purchase of the Ruana, but can be purchased separately if still available.

Because these items are hand-crafted by local artisans using traditional techniques, slight variations may occur. Note that colors may vary according to each display monitor.

Please feel free to contact Sally with any questions.


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