African indigo, popularly known as mud cloth, is created by an African artisan one piece at a time. Even when patterns look similar, there will be differences because of the hand-made indigo resist-dye process. The piece above has the added embellishment of an embroidery design. This design element would be a focal point when the African indigo is worn as a shawl-like wrap or skirt.
African indigo can be found with a range of fish motifs. The piece above is one of many such African indigo textiles I have carried in my shop. Vintage or new, the fish motif will always look unique due to the artisan's skill set. The pattern isn't the only thing that makes each African indigo different. The cloth weight and weave lend unique textures to the African textile as well.
African indigo is originally made to be worn. But present day use of African indigo has gone well beyond use as a garment. African indigo is repurposed for upholstery, bed covers, pillows, and throws. The piece above is extra large for this type and the additional fringe makes it a more stylized textile. An African indigo such as this would be wonderful hung on the wall or draped over the foot of the bed.
The pillows seen here are all made from vintage African indigo. Pillow covers are a great way to repurpose vintage indigo that is damaged or stained leaving only part of the cloth in good condition. You can easily cut square or lumbar pillows from the usable pieces of the mud cloth. Some people enjoy the distressed indigo and opt to keep them whole rather than cut the vintage textile apart. I think either use is appropriate and better than seeing the vintage textiles sent to a landfill.
African indigo is for anyone who loves blue and white or denim textiles. Each African indigo is unique and worth preserving in some form or another. My shop on Etsy and here at Morrissey Fabric has a large selection of these wonderful one of a kind African mud cloth textiles. Each piece you see has been carefully cleaned. When appropriate, I repair torn areas and sometimes patch holes. Every African indigo is measured, tagged, and photographed for Morrissey Fabric. You can count on receiving very clean vintage African textiles from the shop every time.