Natural color African mud cloth has gained in popularity over the past several seasons. When you consider that the new pieces of African mud cloth are loaded with texture and hand-made goodness, it's not wonder it's become a designer favorite.
Photot: Fixxt Collective, Vancouver, Canada
The pillows in the photographs above are made with new pieces of African mud cloth imported from Mali. The color is not optic white. "White" mud cloth is actually the color of natural ivory cotton fibers. Mud cloth is full of slubs and seeds that add loads of character to the textile. I describe the look of white mud cloth as vanilla bean ice cream.
Vintage African mud cloth comes in the same range of ivory and oyster white shades. The main distinction is that the vintage pieces of white mud cloth have the added detail of hand-knotted fringe. If you're cutting pillows, the fringe isn't really necessary. But if you want to use the African mud cloth as a throw or bed scarf, the fringe makes a much appreciated design detail.
Photo: Morrissey Fabric
African mud cloth in natural oyster white can compliment any color story. You can keep a calm, monochromatic white theme. Or, you can pair the white mud cloth back to the beautiful indigo blue textiles from Africa (or other distant lands) for a clean, crisp coastal look.
Photo: Fixxt Collective
Because African mud cloth is hand made, it comes in a variety of sizes and textural variations. The vintage white mud cloth textiles tend to be loomed with a much finer yarn. The older the white mud cloth, the lighter weight and more refined the African textile is.
photo: Morrissey Fabric