This Japanese Mud Cloth is fast becoming one of our best sellers, and producing this fabric is a real labour of love.
This Mud Cloth is a medium weight cotton canvas made in Japan and dyed using mud. The base fabric is initially soaked in a natural mordant made from plant seeds which helps fix the dye to the fabric and prevent fading. The mud is then applied by hand to one side of the fabric and the fabric is laid out to dry in the sun. At first the mud is grey but the fabric is then stored inside and over time the colour developes into this warm brown and rust colour. It takes 6 months in storage to fix the dye and to achieve this deep colour, after which the fabric is washed and sun dried once again.
As with most natural dyeing it is difficult to produce this fabric in the rainy season which means it can take up to a year to complete the process of production. A very special and unique fabric.