Otomi textiles are also called Tenango. Whatever you call these beautiful hand embroidered fabrics, they will bring a smile to your day. Otomi fabrics are always one of a kind because they are not mass produced. The Otomi textiles I carry in my shop and on Etsy are authentic, 100% cotton pieces of art. The Otomi seen above is quite narrow and would work as a table runner or used as the center of custom pillows.
Mexican Otomi comes in a rainbow of colors. Sometimes the Tenango fabrics are all one color like the green Otomi above. The jungalow-style motifs in the Otomi make it a fun conversation piece. You could hang it as wall art of use as a table runner.
Most of the Otomi textiles I have sold this year are going to be used as wall decor. Some clients choose to mat and frame Otomi for a more formal appearance, while others simply use clear pins to attach their Otomi textile to the wall. The piece seen above measured 28 inches tall by 33 inches wide making it the perfect size Otomi to hang in a room as a focal point.
Smaller Mexican Otomi textiles are hand embroidered to be used as table placemats. I rarely have clients use them for this purpose for fear of staining the Otomi fabric while eating a meal. Otomi can not be bleached, but it is all cotton so you can wash it with a gentle detergent if it gets soiled. A word of warning though, it will need ironing and I suggest you iron Otomi on the back side of the fabric.
Otomi textiles can be found in simple black and white combinations for those who prefer a more subtle Mexican Tenango. Above, I displayed the black and natural Otomi with rustic farmhouse-style pillows crafted from vintage Hmong striped hemp fabric. Throw in a cactus or hanging plant for some color and you have an interesting global style space thanks to the Otomi fabric. You could easily use the Otomi as a table runner or custom order some pillows if you like. No matter how you style your Mexican Otomi, it will certainly help jump-start a conversation.
Boho-style pillows are a quick way to update a living space in need of a fresh look for 2018. This season I found my clients asking for very large pillows so of course I listened. Above are a pair of twenty-four-inch square pillows made from rustic vintage African indigo mud cloth. The faded blue and white stripes of the indigo will coordinate with beach cottage decor, rustic farmhouse style, or any interior space in need of a casual touch.
The Boho pillows seen above are one of a kind because they are crafted from vintage textiles in my studio in Long Beach California. The colorful pillow in front is made from a vintage Guatemalan huipil (blouse) and combined with unbleached cotton African mud cloth. The pillow in back is made from vintage African Baule cloth. Both are sewn with linen backs and invisible zippers so you can rotate the pattern to suit your needs.
Boho pillows made from vintage African Baule cloth are casual and comfy. This pair of boho-style pillows could work in a family room, kid's room, or anywhere indigo blue and white is part of the color story. The classic ikat pattern is one that works just about anywhere.
Mud cloth and African wool fulani make a nice combination for the boho pillows above. These limited edition pillows work in a global-style space or a rustic farmhouse family room. I made this pair of mud cloth pillows on the large side at twenty four inches square since bigger boho-style pillows have been in demand. But you could custom order a smaller size if you don't need such a large scale pillow. Simply contact me so I can give you a quote.
Gray continues to be a strong color trend in home decor for 2018. I used a vintage gray Chinese batik textile to make the lumbar pillow seen here for a custom order. The gray and white fish pattern textile is whimsical and unique. I should mention that I always back my vintage fabrics with a fusible interlining to reinforce them. This helps prevent fraying over time.
Boho-style pillows made from vintage Miao hill tribe wedding blanket fabrics are an upscale way to show your bohemian or chinoiserie style. Both of the pillows above are made with vintage silk hill tribe textiles. The vintage Miao hill tribe fabrics are typically durable and work well for upholstery and pillow covers. Over the past twelve months Miao hill tribe fabrics have doubled in price making them about the most expensive boho-style pillows you will find. They are worth every penny if you need that one special accent pillow.
Boho style pillows also include those made from vintage Asian Hmong fabrics. The striped Hmong fabric above was once part of a thousand-pleat skirt. This particular vintage Hmong fabric runs very narrow and long. On average, the width of a Hmong stripe fabric like this is twelve inches. But not to worry, simply stitch two narrow panels together to get enough width to make some rustic boho pillows. Look closely and you will see a seam in the center of the pillows where the textiles were sewn together. These black and white stripe pillows work as a neutral with any decor.
I currently offer Morrissey Fabric pillows on Etsy, but I will be adding them to this website in the Spring of 2018. Please message me from the contact page if you are in need of a particular boho-style pillow crafted from one of my vintage textiles.