The name Selasi is a Ghanaian name which means ‘God hears me’. This mini backpack is made from leather with mud cloth. Bogolan or Mudcloth is a handmade Malian cotton fabric handwoven and traditionally dyed with fermented mud. It has an important place in traditional Malian culture and has, more recently, become a symbol of Malian cultural identity. In traditional Malian culture, Bogolan is worn by hunters, serving as camouflage, as ritual protection and as a badge of status. Women are wrapped in this fabric after their initiation into adulthood and immediately after childbirth, as the cloth is believed to have the power to absorb the dangerous forces released under such circumstances.
The patterns are rich in cultural significance, referring to historical events (such as a famous battle between a Malian warrior and the French), crocodiles (significant in Bambara mythology) or other objects, mythological concepts or proverbs. The use of the mudcloth in this piece brings out a contemporary yet an African fashion style.
This mini backpack is lightweight, stylish and can be used at any time of the day.
The length of the bag is 9 inches with a base/width of 21/2 inches and stands at 12 inches in height