During my tour of the Hard museum, one piece of art that was particularly striking was the Bazin Cloth purchased from Mali sometime in the 20th century. This style of art is traditional in Mali, therefor the original artist is unknown. Being one of the most popular textiles in west Africa, Bazin is made from heavy, polished and dyed cotton and uses other dye resistant thread to create the unique designs shown in the picture above. Although it is not too clear in the picture, seeing the artwork in person made me realize the effort put into this fabric and the extraordinary amount of time it took to make it. In addition, the art itself is a celebration of modern day equality and the agrarian traditions of the past as the women who make them are revered by the community.
Design of the Museum