Thursday, August 26, 2010

Otomi Fabrics in Children's Rooms

One of my favorite daily blog reads, Coco & Kelly, had a wonderful post yesterday on Otomi fabrics. (Image above via the post and Domino Magazine). Otomi fabrics are those bright vivid patters of cut out fabric in shapes of flora and fauna on white fabric. They are made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico and come in an array of color waves. These look familiar because they are often used as placemat, table runners, table cloths and now more popular than ever as bedspreads, especially in children's rooms.

image via Table Tonic

They work wonderfully well in a modern setting paired with white furniture and white walls.

image via Cookie Magazine

The photos below are from a home in Cabo San Lucas as seen on the blog House of Turquoise this week. The home was designed by Marshall Watson and as you can see many of the bedrooms in the home use Otomi fabrics either as bedspreads or as pillowcases. The whole house is a spectacular casual Mexican getaway. This would be my dream Cabo house for sure.

Otomi Bedspread, I think the teal might be my favorite.
I like it paired with the traditional hotel-inspired embroidered sheets.

Otomi used on the pillowcases.
Stripes are used to help add a masculine touch to this boys room.

And the girl's room, Otomi used on the pillows again, just a splash of embroidery to pull all the colors of the room together. And teal used again! Love it!

My sister-in law Amy actually has a large orange Otomi tablecloth framed and hangs it as artwork in the hallway her home in Sydney and it looks stunning. I apologize for the bad photograph, I took it from one of her photos pasted on Facebook so it might be a little blurry but at least you get the idea.

Links to purchase your own Otomi fabric include The Mexican Textile Store and Jacaranda (thank you Coco & Kelly for the suggestions), Table Tonic and if you are in Mexico anytime soon, they can usually be found at almost every market. I know I have seen them in Cabo, San Miguel, and Laredo.


  1. What a great post! Love this fabric too.


  2. I am obsessed with these weaves and think they are so fabulous and unique, I especially adore them in children's rooms!

  3. Did your sister-in-law cover it in glass or leave the fabric exposed? Wanting to use in a nursery but not sure how to frame it. Thanks!

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