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Natural Earth Tone Shirt

African - Madiba Shirt Earth Tones Triangle Design
African - Madiba Shirt Earth Tones Triangle Design
Item# SH5
$65.00
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Product Description

African - Madiba Shirt Earth Tones Triangle Design
Hand Made in Africa.


This beautiful 100% cotton shirt is a true African product, the material is hand dyed in West Africa, the design on the shirt is the same design that is used on mud cloth. The material is then taken to South Africa and the shirt is made. These shirts are styled after the shirts President Mandela wears, they are called Madiba shirts, after him.

This particular shirt has a dress collar.

Mud cloth, also known as bogolan or bogolanfini, originated by women from Mali centuries ago. Bogolanfini translated means cotton cloth dyed with mud. No two pieces are alike.

After the men weave the cloth, the women start the dyeing and design process. The cloth is washed in boiling water and then laid out to dry. This step shrinks the fabric to the proper size. The cloth is then set in a solution of tea that comes from the Bogalon tree. The tea acts as a fixative for the dye. The tea solution is quite dark. Soaking the cloth in the tea solution enables the fabric to absorb the mud dye. The cloth is then laid out to dry a second time.

Sizing of Shirts:

Small:
Length 30 inches
Width: 21 inches
Length under arm: 16 inches



Meduim:
Length 31 inches
Width: 23 inches
Length under arm: 16 inches



Large:
Length 31 inches
Width: 23 inches
Length under arm: 16 inches



Extra Large:
Length 31 inches
Width: 27 inches
Length under arm: 16 inches