Design TipsJanuary 26, 2015

Hot Fabric: African Mud Cloth

I’ve noticed that this year’s hot textile trend seems to be African mud cloth. I saw it here and there last year on Etsy as pillows and didn’t know much about it. Now I’ve seen it quite a bit more and really love the natural meets geometric sensibility it has. Real mud cloth is handmade in Africa using thick woven cotton fabric with the patterns painted on using mud, clay and tea dyes. Each symbol means something different and tells a story of the maker or a specific village. No piece of mud cloth is the same if it’s authentic.

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Here are some spaces using mud cloth in them- I especially love the way it looks upholstered on chairs and benches. I’d love to see a pair of small x-benches or ottomans in this fabric.

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Absolutely GORGEOUS as a table cover!

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Here are some ways to add this print to YOUR space! Click images for links please!

A selection of throw pillows:

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A re-upholstered chair:

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A cloth ready to be used any way you see fit:

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Framed print of the cloth from St. Frank:

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What do you think about this print?

 

 

 

 

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