We threw together our trip to Mexico pretty quickly. All I thought I was seeking was some warm sunshine after the late winter in RVA and some chilly golf time in the May Gray of San Diego. Sitting by a pool with an umbrella drink was just what the doctor had ordered, while shopping in the Cabos area hovered at the bottom of the relaxation agenda.
What a mistake! Leaving shopping until the last day had me kicking myself as we headed back to reality. I knew that I didn’t need any silver jewelry or the ubiquitous Mexican pottery, but I thought we’d go in search of some colorful Mexican something. In the back of my mind, I recalled Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda having used Otomi fabric from Mexico as the inspiration for her daughter’s sitting room in last Spring’s One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home.
Somehow I also knew that in addition to the multi-colored Otomi styles, bold single-colored designs in these traditional patterns are available, too. As we headed up the road to the Old Town of San Jose, I thought we’d look for a pillow or two to use as the design inspiration for a room in my daughter’s new place. With very little guidance, we managed to stumble upon a few shops that carried these distinctive designs, and I became just a little obsessed.
The single colorways make a modern graphic statement, while the multi-colored fabrics feel joyful. After examining these designs up close, talking to a few shop owners, and doing some post-vacation research, I have discovered a few things.
1. These traditional embroidered designs originated in the southern part of Mexico near Guatemala.
a particularly beautiful color combination
2. The backing of these textiles is an ivory tone, not pure white.
3. If I had shopped earlier on my trip, the stores could have accessed exactly what I wanted in a day or two.
4. The multi-colored Otomi would make an amazing design focus or accent for a nursery.
5. I have a hard time making design decisions because I like so many things (I think I already knew that).
6. There are lots of possible design applications for Otomi.
You could so easily cover recover a round ottoman top with a round Otomi tablecloth.
7. Don’t forget apparel and accessories, too.
What a great summer tote this bag would make.
8. Purchasing Otomi in the US is more expensive.
I just spotted this pillow on One King’s Lane for $175.
While the piping and gold zipper might add a bit to the cost, I could have purchased something similar in San Jose for about $30 US. The aqua Otomi pillow near the top of this post would also go for about $30 US in Mexico, but you’ll pay $60 for it from Etsy.
9. The bottom line.
I should have stayed in Mexico longer. Now that I know what is available, I am just going to have to return. I can see TEdF rolling his eyes right now.
So what do you think of the bright and bold Otomi patterns? Could you find a use for one or more of them in your home? Anyone want to join me on a trip south of the border? Let’s make it a posse getaway!
May 18, 2015