Vintage Living: A Modern Take on Mudcloth
I have been fascinated for some time with mudcloth, it is a beautifully handcrafted fabric rich in African culture and tradition. Originated by the Malian community, this fabric making process has been a part of their culture ever since. It is a process that involves woven cotton cloth, fermented mud and clay, natural dyes & bleach. Each cloth is distinct and holds a story told through its pattern crafted by the individual artisan. It has had a modern influence lately and has become a trend in home design. The uses in interiors is exciting to see, the small, bold pattern blends well with other scales and hues & is complimentary with many style aesthetics.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use mudcloth in the home.
If you love this pattern and would like to introduce it into your space then why not try a few pillows. Pillows are the best way to begin to use any trend. It is a low commitment, plus you can gauge if you really love it or not. You can find these pre-made on such sites as Etsy or you can buy the fabric & make them yourself. Another fun way to get the mudcloth look is to try a DIY. I made these pillows below with a plain canvas pillow, sharpie and a paint swatch.
You can find fabric, tapestries and pillows in many distinct colors and hues. One of my favorites is the hand dyed indigo below. It pairs beautifully with warm wood tones, grays and brings a cool, coastal vibe.
If you know you love this handcrafted cloth and want a bigger statement then how about some DIY wallpaper. This look is not only fun but gives an artisan sensibility. You can add white writing to a black wall or black writing to a white wall, either way the look is original, affordable and super stylish. A focal wall over a bed is also a great way to add interest and give an appearance of a headboard.
A bed covering, throw or duvet at the bottom of a bed or draped over a couch is another great way to use mudcloth in your home. This especially works well if you find a vintage piece that is long enough to use as a throw blanket. It adds a striking layer of texture and originality and will be sure to be a conversation starter.
If accessories are your thing, then why not add a DIY like this mudcloth-inspired plant holder to your space. By mimicking some of the authentic mudcloth designs you can easily replicate this is your home. You can also try this technique with small boxes, coffee cups or any kitchen ceramics.
Using a mudcloth tapestry above your bed as a headboard is one of my favorite ways to use this trend. It creates a focal point, adds texture and character to a bedroom with very little effort. This is also a great idea if you are renting or change things around frequently.
If you can find authentic mudcloth fabric why not use it to cover a bench, stool or small chair. These small furnishings do not need a lot of fabric to upholster and it can bring a big impact to an area, especially a mudroom or entry.
I know we have passed the holiday season but how cute are these?! These adorable mudcloth stockings paired with faux fur makes for a cozy holiday essential. Maybe you can save this idea for next season, I know I will:).
Thank you for sharing time with me today. Have a great week!
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