Fabric design to fashion design, black and white is everywhere! From mud cloth to fashion trims, white ground patterns with black detail are trending big time.
Hand made, hand printed, and hand crafted fabrics and surfaces look clean and fresh whatever the end use.
Mud cloth and African juju hats are the boho and global-style way to rock the look.
Be sure to visit my shop for plenty of black, white, and natural fabric options.
Mud cloth comes in an endless variety of sizes and colors. New mud cloth, hand loomed and dyed in Africa, is now available in many neutral colors. Seen here, a range of medium to lighter brown is popular.
Bark brown Mud cloth, all hand made, makes for a earthy, organic addition to a mid century or global-style design space.
Mud cloth in a soft clay terra cotta color looks stunning among kilims and Saltillo blankets for a tribal decor.
Authentic African mud cloth in any shade of brown, peanut, or straw will add instant warmth to your next project. Visit my online store or Etsy.com/shop/MorrisseyFabric to select a mud cloth from a wide range of patterns and hand-dyed colors!
Boho style decor and apparel have generated a new craze for authentic vintage African indigo. Many people refer to this textile as mud cloth, but my African textile sources tell me it's simply called indigo. Both of these African textiles begin with hand loomed cotton strips that are sewn together to create one large piece of fabric.
African Indigo doesn't always have fringe. And when it does, often times vintage African indigo has damaged, tangled, and missing fringe. When I find a piece of African indigo with the fringe in good condition, I snap it up and bring it back to the studio for cleaning and restoration.
African indigo comes in a natural cotton color, indigo dyed shades of blue, or resist dyed to create endless graphic patterns. The African indigo pictured above has a smaller, hand knot fringe detail.
Vintage African indigo comes with many different forms of fringe. I don't have a particular favorite because the hand crafted nature of the fringe makes them all beautiful.
Want to start collecting your own fringed African Indigo? Be sure to check my shop regularly as I am always adding new pieces that have been cleaned and given new life.
Kuba Cloth is a stunning upholstery cloth when used in the right way. As seen above, African Trading posted this incredible chair upholstered with hand appliquéd Kuba cloth fabric in a neutral yet bold black and ivory tribal pattern.
Kuba Cloth is made from raffia, so it's durable and relatively easy to care for. After creating your masterpiece, you could spray a protectant onto the cloth if you want to protect the color from fading. Be sure to test a small sample of your Kuba cloth first. Photo credit @Tierradellagarto.
@Librastudio used small Kuba cloth pieces to create highly textural and rich looking pillows! This particular type of Kuba cloth is a bit prickly due to the shirred raffia, but it's worth it!
Ready to attempt your own Kuba Cloth project? Please be sure to visit my Morrissey Fabric shop on this website, or visit me at Etsy.com
Boho Style Fabrics
Boho, short for Bohemian, has become a major lifestyle trend. It continues to gain momentum due to the relaxed contrast it provides our busy high tech lives. Boho style incorporates the full range of vintage textiles found in my shop. Mixing multiple global fabrics gives a room or outfit character and history.
Boho and Social Media
Boho and social media live hand-in-hand. One would seem to contradict the other, but in fact, the strength of the boho lifestyle trend has been fueled in large part by the social media style-darlings that post design inspiration photos for all to see. Case in point, Justina Blakeney, pictured above.
Boho style includes items like wicker baskets, green plants, and hand crafted, textural fabrics and vintage textiles. Hand made global fabrics can be mixed and matched with little effort to create the best end result. Does a pink and black pillow go with a southwestern rug, an African indigo shibori, and a Mexican leather and wood chair? Of course it does. The common link is a hand crafted history.
Boho style interiors allow mixing textiles and color to your heart's content. Just remember, it's all about the hand crafting, repurposing, and up-cycling of vintage or new global-style fabrics.
My shop is filled to the brim with options for anyone wanting to experiment or complete a boho look with vintage textiles. If you don't see it on my website, please visit my Etsy shop for more inventory to choose from.
Happy sewing and happy decorating!
Sunny Yellow Interior spaces and apparel aren't for the timid. The bright color is used to draw attention. Domino Magazine posted this warm color composition and it certainly caught my eye!
A Ju Ju headdress hand crafted of canary yellow feathers is a show-stopper when displayed as a wall decor or a table centerpiece. Find them in my Etsy shop or webpage shop @morrisseyfabric.com.
Yellow In a Sarape, recently purchased @morrisseyfabric, is right at home when hand loomed into this Mexican Saltillo blanket. You could DIY a bag similar with many of the vintage or new global fabrics found in my MorrisseyFabric shop.
Exterior or interior, yellow will add a jolt of color to whatever your next design project is. If you are not ready to paint on the color, opt for a throw, blanket, or wall decor instead. I have plenty of vintage fabrics to choose from @morrisseyfabric!
Mud cloth from Africa has qualities that are highly useful for a DIY project. Something as simple as a pillow cover with three strategically placed shells soars to a level of perfection thanks to the hand loomed texture found in African mud cloth. Pillow @stylingbysteph.
Mud cloth in its natural color comes in an endless range of whites. Laundered or not, African mud cloth fabric is highly desirable. Note the range of neutral hues available for a design project. Each mud cloth has its own personality allowing for more texture and depth to a living space.
Vintage mud cloth often has fringe making it easy to throw over a sofa or arm chair. Instant texture! The hand loomed nature of African mud cloth creates loads of texture from cotton slubs and seed specs.
Natural African mud cloth transforms the look of a classic wing chair.
Feeling inspired? My shop offers many African mud cloth choices, vintage or new, for you to choose from! Please visit soon.
Vintage African Indigo comes in a wide range of textures, patterns, and endless shades of blue. This allows for just about any end use you can think of for this beautiful fabric. one of my customers, Meaningful Spaces, cleverly used her Vintage African Shibori indigo as a table runner in the photo above.
Vintage African indigo is often called mud cloth. In reality it's not African Mud cloth. This hand loomed hand dyed fabric is simply called African indigo. Since many vendors sell indigo along side African mud cloth, the two terms have become synonymous among many shoppers of these unique textiles.
Jungalow showcases Shibori indigo in many of her interior spaces as seen above.
African Indigo cloth comes in an endless range of blue because it is hand dyed and fades over time. African indigo begins as a naturally colored cotton that is hand loomed into long narrow strips. The cotton fabric strips are joined along the selvages. Some African indigo have amazing fringe details at the length end. Vintage African indigo cloth was sometimes left in a solid shade of natural or blue rather than receiving he additional decorative treatment of tie dye or shibori patterns.
Searching for vintage African indigo? Please look through my listings in my shop on this site or visit my Etsy shop for even more African indigo in solid colors and one of a kind shibori patterns.
Interior design with green? Absolutely! Green fabric in the Architectural Digest photo here is a great example of how much fun green can be. These green chairs tone down the serious attitude of the contemporary space.
Bohemian style in green pants! Fleamarketfab knows how to mix the green in rugs and vintage textiles to keep it casual.
Blue and white ethnic print fabric helps to anchor this stunning vibrant green dresser. Placed on a classic wood floor, the lovely spring green color functions beautifully as a focal point in the interior space. Photo credit: rm_interiors.
To add your own pop of green to an interior space or a new outfit, be sure to check out my shop for Guatemalan textiles in lively green combinations coming soon.