African Mud cloth fabric: When I receive new mud cloth, I prefer to launder it to achieve a comfortable, worn-in look. I'm usually very happy with the outcome.
The before and after-laundering photos above illustrate just how different a fabric can look after washing. The risk is that you might not be happy with the end results. I find that I have to take a deep breath and take a leap of faith to wash some of the textiles I take in at Morrissey Fabric. But with the risk I'm rewarded more than I'm disappointed. Especially when it comes to fading the colors so they won't run when my clients wash them.
Living in Southern California, I have a love for all things faded and distressed. I believe my admiration of sun-faded color comes from growing up in homes where both my mother and my grandmother collected vintage items ranging from painted kitchen utinsels to antique rugs. These beautiful objects helped me to develop an appreciation for repurposing and re-using items that others tossed aside. Now I find I have a preference for all things already broken-in and distressed over time.
You don't have to launder the textiles I offer through Morrissey fabric because I take the risk for you. But I also have the non-laundered new fabrics for those who want to take the journey in their own time.