Course curriculum

  • 01

    Meet your teachers

    • Introduction to Mudcloth

    • Contact information

    • Meet your teachers

  • 02


    • What is mudcloth?

    • The history of mudcloth

    • Videos: Traditional mudcloth making

  • 03

    Making mudcloth: Step by step

    • Preparing the fabric

    • Fermenting the mud

    • Preparing plant dyes

    • Applying the mud

    • Using ash to dye your mudcloth

    • Abdala on making mudcloth

    • Making mudcloth step by step

  • 04

    Using stencils

    • Preparing your stencils

    • Applying your stencils

  • 05

    Printable stencil templates

    • Flower

    • The world

    • Royal throne, dancers, and other symbols

    • Elements of the earth

    • Water

  • 06

    Dyeing your fabric with plants

    • Introduction

    • West African plants: List and description

    • Dye plants elsewhere in the world

    • Choosing and using plants: Tips and best practices

  • 07

    Tips and tricks

    • Tips and tricks

  • 08

    Care instructions

    • Care instructions

  • 09

    Thank you!

    • Thank you!

  • 10

    Downloadable course workbook

    • Downloadable course workbook

Pricing options

Two ways to purchase our course

Your Instructors

Instructors Bio:

Abdala Faye is a Senegalese mixed media artist based in Atlanta, who learned to make mudcloth in Mali and Burkina Fasoin the 1980s, and has been making it ever since. He regularly incorporates natural pigments, mud, and other natural elements into his work. He has shown and sold his work around the world, as well as been featured in a number of international publications. You can learn more about Abdala at or follow him on Instagram at @abdala.faye Dr. Julia Skinner is the founder an director of Root, Atlanta’s fermentation and food history company. She is also a food writer, who recently completed a book on the history of fermentation. As a visual artist, she regularly works with natural elements in her paintings, drawings, and calligraphy. You can see more of Julia’s art at, learn more about Root at, and follow her on Instagram at @bookishjulia and @rootkitchens

Julia Skinner & Abdala Faye

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