global style, textiles

Global Style: Otomi Fabrics

Hi loves! It’s Cristina from Fuji Files here to answer that nagging question: you’ve seen it everywhere, on tabletops and pillowcases, headboards and bedspreads, but if you’re anything like me you’ve been wondering… what is that print?

The answer: Otomi fabrics! These rich and vivid prints are characteristic of the Mexican Otomi Indians, whose hand-embroidered fabrics are said to be based on ancient cliff paintings. With each Global Style post I write for coco+kelley, I’m realizing just how many designs dating back hundreds of years have managed to maintain a fresh and modern look in the home! 
Otomi fabrics are a fun way to bring a splash of color to your dining table, reading nook (above!), or bedspread. Especially effective for renters who don’t have the luxury of painting, try adding some vibrant color to your walls by hanging the fabric as a tapestry or covering a headboard. 
(The beautiful headboard below is actually a d.i.y. if you can believe it! Click here for a step-by-step video and instructions to make your very own.)

You can find Otomi fabrics at Jacaranda Home, or on eBay at the Mexican Textiles Museum Store. When you purchase fabrics from the Mexican Textiles Musem Store (they have placemats, table runners, coverlets, and more too!), you are also contributing to the preservation of the endangered textile memory of Mexico and the women who embroider them, so they’re definitely a worthwhile investment. 
And, judging by the  longevity of this design so far (ancient cliff paintings!) I can guarantee your investment won’t be going out of style anytime soon!