Globally sourced hand crafted textiles will continue to be a strong trend in fashion and home decor for 2017. Vintage fabrics from Africa, Asia, India, and South America as well as newly hand crafted textiles bring a unique touch to what we wear and to our homes. The hand-maker's mark is much desired among the high tech modern lifestyles we all face.
photo: Mix Furniture, fabrics: African Baule Cloth and solid blue indigo Mossi (mud cloth)
Newly hand-crafted African Mud cloth (Bogolanfini) from Mali compliments the vintage Kuba Cloth pillow covers. Pillows like these will add a sense of history and character when placed in a contemporary space. Or you can add mud cloth and Kuba Cloth textiles to a lush bohemian decor. These global textiles work in just about any context.
Vintage Asian wedding blankets are an alternative to African textiles, These hand crafted hill tribe textiles are densely woven and very durable. Chinese wedding blankets are woven in hemp, linen, cotton, and sometimes silk. Vintage wedding blankets come in a wide variety of colors so there is likely one to suit your color palette. Seen above, Penny Worrall has used cowrie shells to accent her unique and beautiful cushions.
Vintage Chinese Indigo dot, also called paste resist or Batik, makes a relaxed global Style statement. Duplicated by Designers such as Ralph Lauren, the vintage indigo fabric is trending while remaining a true classic. Chinoiserie style may go up and down in popularity, but it's a pattern that never really disappears. Due to the one-of-a-kind nature of these Chinese Indigo fabrics, you can bet they will remain a staple like a good pair of jeans.
photo: Mix Furniture
Vintage apparel can sometimes look like current fashion. The African indigo top seen here was crafted in the 1980s when neon colors first came on the scene. It's fascinating that this African top could have been worn in the 1960s, (without the neon), in the 1980s, or present day. It's testament to the fact that hand made items always have appeal.
photo: Morrissey Fabric