Mud-dyed cloth called bogolanfini is a traditional textile of the Bamana people of Mali in West Africa. Nakunte Diarra, a contemporary bglanfini master, dyed the cloth inspiring this MouseRug design using a complicated process in which the mud dye is applied in the spaces around and between the pattern lines. Her cloths are marked by a sharp contrast between the dark mud dye and the light patterns, a variety of designs, and crisp, clear lines, all characteristics of fine bglanfini. The cloth usually displays dark brown or black motifs stained on a cream-color fabric. Sometimes the fabric is darkened, leaving the natural light color to form the designs.