otomi textiles and mexican design for the home

Ever since our fabulous cruise in April, I couldn’t seem to get these incredible textiles that I stumbled upon in a local shop, out of my head. I’m a graphic designer + artist, by labeled profession, so by nature, whatever appeals to me on the tactile, colorful, patterned, artistic side, I go gaga over. I apply that to my home design as well, and I find myself ignoring name brands, and “special” to the trade nonsense. If I like it, I like it. It doesn’t matter if Mitchell Gold designed it, or the awesome homeless dude sitting on the street corner cranking out some incredible work. So, I won’t even pretend that I knew what this was when I first laid eyes on it. The world is full of beautiful things, and this is why I have a blog. 😉

{Excuse the point and shoot-we’d been on a snorkeling trip and these were literally right off the main strip.} I wish I’d snatched some up for myself, but they were a bit pricey at over 150 dollars a pillow-they may have been more and I really can’t remember. {At the time, I had no idea I was about to redo my entire living room} (I figured if I really liked them, in a heavy populated tourist spot like Cozumel, they were probably a little overpriced) I assumed could find them somewhere else, cheaper. As it turns out, these are Otomi Textiles…

The very same, well-known fabric adorning Grace Bonny’s headboard. Duh. And I haven’t even actively pursued searching for some of my own, so I don’t know if it’s doable or not, but I do know that I just may pay a pretty penny for such a beautiful collector’s piece, if I can’t find a better price. {Very little, in my book, is worth paying such a price, so that’s saying a lot. Apparently, where you purchase from, helps support the Otomi people, so it also doubles as a good cause, as well.}


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In the meantime, I’ve been oogling at some more beautiful finds and additional Mexican design for my own home. In a subtle way, I love the idea of fresh shots of ecclectic color and pattern, a-la the Mayan Riviera. {It’s where we spent our honeymoon, afterall.}

I think I’m in love. I adore how different, fresh and classic this feels, all at the same time.

Can this get any cuter? 

Refined, and simple. Yes, please. 


If anyone can tell me where to purchase these, I’ll be your BFF.

Yes, this is a dress. I want it. And if I could find it in a bedspread, I would die. DIE I tell you!

A little more on the commercialized side, you know I had to include a pouf. 


This pillow is adorables.  {side note: I noticed the names at the bottom after the fact, so probably, more than likely… sans names. But I do love the pattern.}


So there you have it. Feeling inspired yet? I may officially be on the hunt for some Otomi of my own. Some great ways to bring in some flavor into your home: vibrant touches of color and pattern can really liven up a space, particularly a white room…and I’m officially obsessed with Otomi + classic, handmade-vibe kinda Mexican design.

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Responses to otomi textiles and mexican design for the home

  1. Suzy says:

    I love the pop of color and fun designs of Otomi fabric too. In the past, I’ve found it on ebay. You are right, it is pricey!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I have been reading for a while and adore your style and I love a great story and you are a fab storyteller! Just wanted to tell you I got those glasses from vivaterra.com.
    I got them a few years ago but just checked and they still have them!

  3. Jenn says:

    Love it all!!! And…I have that dress (or one nearly identical). My mom bought it for me in Mexico when I was a little girl, and now my oldest wears it. Precious!

  4. Dawn says:

    Love these! While it’s not the fabulous embroidery, you can still get the design on fabric at spoonflower for about $18 a yard.

  5. Rae Ann says:

    In Texas, we call that a Mexican dress. They could be had at any mercado for a song… at least back in the ’80’s. I still dig them! (Mine was purple)

  6. Sara says:

    Swooning. Gorgeous post!

  7. Katharine says:

    We used to go to Mexico a lot in the 70’s. We all had those dresses or shirts with the embroidery. I didn’t know those designs were from the Otomi people. Sounds like your home is going to be very colorful soon. :) Good luck finding the fabric that is less expensive. My parents have a vacation home in Loredo. I’ll ask them about the fabric. They are in California at their regular home.

  8. janet ives says:

    so…I share your passion for Otomi everything, but can’t i.d. a retailer online to purchase some fabric or tablecloths. w/o a fun trip to Mexico. Any suggestions?

    Janet Keithley / Ivey Designs

  9. Maggie says:

    I saw your yellow dresser picture on pinterest! It’s a cute idea. Have you seen IKEA’s collection of embroidered linens? It reminds me a little of the Otomi design, just… well… cheaper! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00243409/

  10. Barbara Zobell says:

    I am very interested in buying some otomi pieces. I live in San diego so they are perfect. Keep me on your email list.