Global textiles are filled with animal motifs of every sort. Some vintage textiles have mythical creatures while other antique fabrics portray real animals like elephants and birds. The vintage Chinese batik, also called paste-resist, is a perfect example of just such a textile. Elephants are a symbol of wisdom and strength in Chinese art.
Guatemalan Textile are absolutely packed with animal and bird motifs. The treasure corte cloth seen above has rows of birds perched atop greenery.
You may not see them at first when viewing the textile from a distance. But upon closure look it's easy to spot all the birds.
The little turtle seen in the African Hausa cotton fabric above is a common motif. The turtle is often accompanied by small reptiles, fish, and birds. African textiles are loomed by hand and are full of beautiful rustic characteristics such as cotton slubs and seeds.
Sometimes these African Hausa textiles are also called Fulani textiles. These large African fabrics make wonderful bed covers.
African indigo is sometimes tie dyed with fish represented in the patterns. The abstracted fish and bubble trail is a great conversation detail. I've come across a number of these African indigo with fish patterns and each one is different due to the hand made nature of the textile. Classic blue and white with fish patterns on a vintage African indigo isn't difficult to find, but it's always charming nonetheless.
I will be posting more examples of animals found within vintage global textiles such as Mexican Otomi embroidery and Chinese batiks. Stay tuned.