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Early African Art. KORHOGO MUD CLOTH PAINTING & other textile styles. What is KORHOGO?. ‘RITUAL and MAGIC’ are part of Korhogo . Fila is the name of the cloth that the Senufo people of Ivory Coast would wear for ‘protection’

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Early african art

Early African Art

KORHOGO MUD CLOTH PAINTING

& other textile styles


What is korhogo
What is KORHOGO?

  • ‘RITUAL and MAGIC’ are part of Korhogo .

  • Fila is the name of the cloth that the Senufo people of Ivory Coast would wear for ‘protection’

  • It is a white, hand-woven cotton on which black & gray drawings are painted with vegetable juices & mud.

  • The clothing items are worn on certain days of the week.

  • Part of the ritual would require the wearers to observe certain restrictions of food and other obligations.


  • Mud Cloth Fabric is…Made using ancient and extensive process.

  • Fabric is all hand spun making individual cloth sheets

  • Each strip of cloth is then sewed together. The entire piece of fabric is then dyed in tea made from the Bogalon tree found in Mali, West Africa.

  • The tea acts as a fixative for mud painted designs that are hand painted, using specially prepared mud.

  • Some designs are then bleached after the entire process is complete to give white designs. 

  • Mud dye art work has been used for many centuries to pass African culture from generation to generation.

  • All pieces are approximately 45 inches wide and 6 feet long.




Fish means vitality abundance
Fish means vitality & abundance

Snakesignifies Earth’s abundance


Bird is a sign of freedom

Chicken means grace


Ivory Coast in part of West Africa.

Korhogo is a village that is known for its weaving and cloth designs

Korhogo weavers


Weaving as an african art form
Weaving as an African Art Form

  • West African Strip Cloth Weaving

  • Adire, Adinkra, & Mud Cloth

  • Discovering mud cloth

Click on any of the phrases above to discover more


Animal symbols in african culture
Animal symbols in African Culture

  • The Bwa and the Nuna like in the dry savannah of Mali and Burkina Faso.  

  • The people make animal masks toenlist the power of the spirits of the forests, bush country, and surrounding rivers.

  • The masks make the spirits visible to them and put them in touch with the people.

  • The masks depict spiritsassociated with powerful animals such as buffalo, antelopes, hawks, and fish. 

  • The masks are owned by families and clans who use the mask to protect them.

  • The zig zag lines on the face of the Hawk signify the "path of ancestors", a moral path that is very difficult, but one every Nunuma (Bobo /Nuna) must follow to succeed in life.


Antelope mask
Antelope Mask

Bwa (Bobo)

Mali and Burkina Faso

wood, natural pigments


Guro Shield Mask

Ivory Coast

Guro Tribe artifact

Rams head mounted on a concaveshield. The head is surmounted with the usual abstract bird.


Designs on fabric containing of Art and pictures of animals are a very important part of tribal life and have a significant place in these cultures.The animals are a key to living and surviving.


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