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Bogolan Today

In the late 1960s, when imported machine-made fabric entered the Malian market, it was affordable only to a select few. A few years later, however, the prices reversed. As machine-made fabric rapidly increased in quantity, its sheer volume undercut the cost of traditional fabric. 

As a result, traditional mud cloth is rapidly becoming too expensive for many Malian citizens.  Although families may still display a piece of bogolan hanging on a wall in their home, tourists buy most of the mud cloth produced in Mali today.

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