The vintage African Indigo, also called Mossi or Bogolanfini, used to reupholster the large armchairs in the photo above are a great example of repurposing vintage fabric. I'm often asked if the vintage African indigo textiles are strong enough to use as upholstery. The answer is typically yes, but it depends on the condition of the vintage African indigo. Some are full of holes and very thread-bare while others remain sturdy and tough through the years. The pieces used for the chairs above are likely backed with muslin, or stabilized with fusible interlining so the fabric will last for years.
photo: juxtaposition home
The stack of vintage African Indigo above was in my repair bin for months. I finally pulled them out and set to mending the vintage African fabric so it would be ready for repurposing. Cleaning and deodorizing vintage fabric is the first step to giving it a new design purpose.
photo: Morrissey Fabric
The interior above, designed by La Boheme House of the Wishing Trees is loaded with texture and color from all the global textiles. The lively space comes to life with vintage fabrics, plants, and a nicely placed kimono used like a headboard. The fearless use of vintage textiles from all over the globe give the bedroom a signature bohemian style.
The square poufs above by Thread Tooth are made from several different vintage global textiles. Vintage Chinese Batik, African Baule cloth, and faded African Indigo are all one of a kind textiles that have been repurposed into interior accessories. The colorful embroidered Indigo from Mali, Africa adds to an interior design vision when hung on the wall. No formal frame required.
photo: Thread Tooth
The retail space above showcases a more subtle use of global textiles. Yellow Prairie Interiors skillfully displayed black and white African mud cloth accessories among neutral furnishings. The green and white foliage print gives the palette a nice bit of accent color.
Photo: Yellow Prairie Interiors
The sophisticated living room above is given character through the addition of globally sourced textiles. This is a colorful example of decorating with geometrically patterned fabrics from around the world. The rug adds playful hues that are picked up in the other textiles in the room. The walls and sofa remained neutral keeping the space from becoming overwhelming.
The global textiles and striking rug at The Beach lodge are welcoming and filled with character. The black and white African mud cloth on the bed balances the room nicely against the actively patterned pillows and kilim rug.
photo: The beach lodge
Please watch for part two of Global Fabric Design Inspiration.