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. 

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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.}

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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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15 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.

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  9. 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

  10. 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/

  11. 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.
    Barbara

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