Indigo dyed fabrics can be traced back through the centuries. Chinese and African cultures have utilized indigo to create a wide range of decorative cotton fabrics. So why not use this Afeican indigo or Chinese batik as wall art?
photo above, credit: @camrosemarket
Greige Design uses Vintage Chinese batik indigo hemp cloth draped over the back of a sofa combined with a simple African indigo textile wrapped over the seat cushions. These vintage indigo fabrics add depth and history to the contemporary interior space. The African juju hats hand made with white feathers finish off the room.
There are many advantages to designing with vintage indigo fabrics. You can find any shade of indigo blue from the very light and faded to the ultra dark blue hues. The two African indigo fabrics seen here have already had long, full lives. When I purchased them from an African textile dealer, they were both in dire need of cleaning and repairs. But as you can see, the time, careful handling, and effort were worth it to preserve these incredible African indigo textiles.
Vintage Chinese indigo textiles, like my current favorite Nanking batik seen above, can add drama and warmth as a bed scarf or wall hanging. These vintage batik fabrics add instant drama to any design project.
.One of the best features about vintage indigo fabrics is that they all coordinate beautifully. You can mix and match indigo patterns that have been created using shibori, block print, or batik indigo dye methods. All three of the vintage Chinese indigo textiles seen here would make an amazing pillow set or patch-work jacket.
The outerwear piece below showcases an African indigo stripe repurposed into a one of a kind garment @mirablackman.
Next time you're not sure how to begin a new design project, whether interior or apparel, you can look to the vast selection of global indigo textiles for inspiration. I carry a full range of vintage African indigo textiles in solids, stripes, or tie dye patterns. You can also visit my vintage Asian indigo selection of batik, block printed, and Shibori fabrics for a bit of indigo creativity.