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Knock on Wood Bogolan Pro Djun bag (3 sizes)

Professional djun (dundun) bags from Mali made from hand-woven Bogolan cloth
  • Professional djun (dundun) bags from Mali made from hand-woven Bogolan cloth
  • Professional djun (dundun) bags from Mali made from hand-woven Bogolan cloth
  • From £59.00


Professional djun (dundun) bags from Mali made from hand-woven Bogolan cloth Full description

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  • Professional djun bags
  • Made with traditional Malian Bogolan materials
  • Reinforced for carrying heavy drums
  • Exterior pocket (large bag only)
  • Zip top
  • Adjustable shoulder straps on largest size
  • Grab handles on all sizes
  • Sized to fit our Malian Lenke djuns
  • 16", 13" and 10" diameters

Bogolan means ‘made from mud’ in Bambara, the main language of Mali. The Bogolan technique of dyeing and printing cotton is entirely organic and kind to the environment. It contains no harmful mordants or chemicals and it uses dried leaves and tree bark as dye stuff.

Bogolan is a traditional West African textile, also called mudcloth, made in a large part of sub Saharan West Africa, although particularly associated with Mali and above all the river Niger. Traditionally the textile is made using narrow strips of cotton cloth woven on looms in the villages producing ca 15 cm wide cloth, which is then sewn together by hand to produce a fabric wide enough to make into clothing etc. This base fabric on which the designs will be painted is first dyed either a rich red from a dye obtained through boiling the bark of a special tree, or in fresh yellow tones obtained through soaking the dried and pounded leaves of another tree.

Once the fabric is dyed it is ready to receive the mud, often applied with the help of a toothbrush and painted free hand or using stencils. The mud comes from the river Niger, and through a fascinating process of oxidisation it reacts with the natural dyes , producing a rich black when it has dried and been washed off the fabric. This process is also traditionally done on the banks of the river Niger or its tributary the Bani where the fabric is spread out to dry in the sun.
Mali uses only one traditional pattern, the ‘forgeron’ or blacksmith’s pattern. All the other patterns are bold contemporary designs on wider pieces of fabric.

Delivery & Returns

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Orders received from around Friday midday will go out the following Monday

You will be informed immediately if there is a problem with any part of your order or if any item is 'out of stock'.

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Should you not be entirely happy with your purchase, or you have ordered an incorrect item, Knock on Wood is happy to refund your purchase within 14 days providing the goods are in a fully resaleable condition (including the original undamaged packaging)

Goods must be returned to Knock on Wood together with a covering letter and contact details so that the matter can be dealt with efficiently and promptly.

You can read our full returns policy here.

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