I have this fascination with vintage textiles from all parts of the globe. As someone who loves to repurpose items or textiles whenever possible, the current trend for vintage textile pillows is my kind of trend.
One way to source vintage fabric is from vintage Asian Hill Tribe skirts. They are taken apart and the cloth is sold in the form of narrow rolls of fabric. Just such a cloth was used to make the pillow shown above. The vintage hand made cloth has one of a kind batik and Shibori patterns. The muted gray designs compliment many types of styles from ultra modern to rustic farm house.
African mud cloth has become so popular it has many in the design field wondering when the trend might burn out. But with the lure of one of a kind hand made vintage fabric that comes in so many variations, there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.
The vintage mud cloth pillow shown above has a classic, coastal beach cottage vibe. The soft African strip cloth fits right in with many types of home decor.
Vintage African mud cloth comes in so many colors certainly there is one to fit within your current design scheme. The rare brown and beige mud cloth used for the pillow above yielded only two pillows. Each authentic mud cloth pillow has a different pattern. This type of mud cloth was created pre mid-century by an African artisan using fermented mud paints to create the graphic pattern. In the studio I always fuse the back side of the vintage textiles prior to sewing to ensure they will wear well. I also prefer to use 100% linen for the backs.
Vintage Miao Minority textiles make excellent pillows. These beautiful wedding textiles are all one of a kind and woven by hand. The pillow shown above is an unusual color for a Hill Tribe wedding blanket. The soft salmon pink with burnished gold make for a stunning accent piece. It would look lovely atop an all white bed, or as a warm contrast to a gray sofa.
To wrap up for today's post, I'll conclude with a very popular vintage textile pillow made from Chinese hill tribe striped hemp. Originally woven to be sewn into skirts, this rustic and textural fabric runs so narrow that two pieces need to be sewn side by side to create a pillow front. This is a standard practice with this type of cloth. This particular pillow has a soft gray/black stripe suitable for a neutral color scheme.
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