Women paint designs onto cloth using special fermented mud, let it dry in the sun, then wash it away to reveal the dyed design. While I would love to experiment with cloth someday, we started out by painting on paper for now. First we talked about Mali cloth, then I taped up easel paper along our back fence right next to our mud pit.
Further study for older kids:
*Experiment with different muds from different parts of your yard & neighborhood. How do they look similar/different as they dry?
*Paint with mud onto a clean, white cloth and let it dry in the sun as they do in Mali. Rinse it out & see what colors remain. Repeat, painting over your first design, for darker results.
*A beautiful online exhibit of contemporary Mudcloth artists from the Smithsonian Institute.
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