African mud cloth makes for a wonderful upholstery update to a vintage piece of furniture. Pictured is a perfect example, photo credit to @Maggpierentals.
The natural color mud cloth fabric will coordinate back to any type of furniture. It works as shown, on a classic wing chair, lending it a casual vibe. I've also seen the same fabric applied to a pair of mid century dining chairs. Gorgeous! And it's certainly appropriate to cover a bench or ottoman.
I have found that pillow covers are the most popular end-use for Mud cloth of all types at Morrissey Fabric. Photo credit @houseofpillows.
Hand made & Hand loomed African mud cloth fabric...how will you use this versatile, textural fabric?
Hand Crafted Fabrics come in many forms. It can mean hand-loomed, hand dyed, or hand treated in multiple ways.
The vintage mud cloth pictured above incorporates hand loomed cotton strip cloth that is sewn together by hand. After these first few steps, the completed cloth is then given a delicate decorative fringe detail of hand-made knotted fringe. Next, a lovely tiny bubble pattern is created by bunching up bits of cloth using a resist dye technique like tie-dye or shibori. (Hand-stitching threads to hold the fabric) Finally, when all of this handwork is complete, the mud cloth is dipped into an indigo dye pool to set an amazing natural color.
The depth of the indigo color depends on how long the mud cloth is kept in the dye. Or, the indigo vat may have a more diluted mix of water and dye which allows for a less intense dark indigo.
if you want to show your love of hand made fabrics, African Indigo mud cloth is a terrific way to do so. Find a huge selection on line at MorrisseyFabric.com or in the MorrisseyFabric shop on Etsy.
African fabrics take on unlimited forms. The mud cloth fabric has become more recognizable as tribal patterns and the earthy colors become more popular for home and apparel use.
How do you use mud cloth? Well, the one pictured above makes a perfect fabric for decorative pillow covers. The warm rust color coordinates back to white and ivory neutrals. Or use it as an accent back to cool indigo blue.
Be sure to check out the Morrissey Fabric shop on this site or on Etsy for a wide range of authentic African mud cloth options. Don't see one in the color you want? Send me, Anita Morrissey, a message and I'll see if I have what you seek in my extensive mud cloth and vintage African indigo inventory.
Mud Cloth style statement: Black tribal graphics on a natural ground textured mud cloth can add personality to many types of decore or outfits. Pictured here is a lovely piece from Mali, Africa. It has a simple line graphic with hints of African markings that can coordinate back to mid century pieces, Southwestern decor, or even coastal homes.
The 100% cotton element makes it especially easy to care for. Simply wash and dry.
Why not make your own pillow covers or how about a tote?