If you love color, Mexican hand embroidered Otomi is the perfect textile for you. As the bohemian trend and awareness of global textiles continues to thrive in home decor, Mexican Otomi textiles have become more in demand. I have been buying Mexican Otomi embroidery for my on line shops for several years now, and the prices have doubled over the last twelve months. But even with higher prices, when you consider the hand labor and hours that go into a piece of Mexican Otomi fabric, it is still a bargain.
My clients purchase Mexican Otomi for a number of design projects. The simplest use of Otomi, also called Tenango, is to use the Mexican textile as intended, as a decorative table runner. The standard Otomi table runner measures roughly sixteen inches wide by seventy four inches long. Since they are all cotton, they do shrink some when laundered. Even so, at five to six feet in length the size is great for most table tops. I have made much longer custom Otomi table runners by sewing together multiple Otomi textiles which worked quite nicely.
Mexican Otomi is often used for wall decor. Framed or not, Mexican embroidery in the form of Otomi can be a great conversation piece. The mythical animals and colorful birds found in the Tenango textiles are always active and full of life. When you consider an average place-mat size Otomi costs about thirty two dollars, you realize that's a low price for a hand-made, one of a kind artisan textile. You could buy two or three to have framed or simply pin to the wall for a truly gorgeous style-statement.
Mexican Otomi is also embroidered for use as small table covers and bedspreads. The piece seen above measures twenty eight inches tall by thirty two inches across. This size is good for the center of a quilt, or hung on the wall as a focal point piece. I don't currently have any bed cover size Otomi in stock, but please contact me if you would like me to source and Otomi bed cover for you. They measure just over six feet square and cost up to six hundred and fifty dollars. Keep in mind these very large textiles take months to hand embroider.
Mexican embroidery like Otomi is hand stitched onto unbleached cotton muslin. Because it is made with natural fibers, I found it coordinates well with African mud cloth textiles. This combination of artisan-made fabrics has proven to be very popular indeed.
I realize not everyone is into the bold colors available in the Mexican Tenango fabrics. I also carry simple black on ivory patterns for my clients who prefer monochromatic spaces. The black embroidery pattern seen above provides some often needed hand-made qualities to black and white decor.
If multi-color Otomi or clean black and white isn't your style, consider a Mexican Tenango in a single color like those seen above. The steel blue, dove gray, or olive green embroidery in these Otomi textiles have a primitive charm without the ultra-bold statement their counterparts can bring. Mexican Otomi comes in just about any color you can imagine. Mexican Otomi sources are no longer guaranteeing custom orders and the current lead time for a particular color can be up to nine months. But don't despair, I can still scour the market to see if your dream Mexican Otomi is already available.