Otomi – the word is playful, vibrant and just a bit mysterious. These traditional brightly embroidered Otomi textile fabrics (also called tenango) are made by the Otomi indigenous people of Mexico and feature singular as well as brightly colored abstract flowers, birds and animals parading across a pristine white ground. The Otomi use their designs to convey their traditions and the natural world of their region. The historic patterns are a perfect way to add a splash of color to your surroundings on any number of surfaces. We are totally in love with these designs and want to show you just how easy it is to incorporate this lush, laid-back look in your space.
The now-defunct Cookie magazine featured the ultimate in global chic by showcasing an upholstered headboard with the classic Latin American pattern mixed with a Moorish arch design. So sublime!
The multi-hued variation of the Otomi Tenango patterns is a visual delight! They literally brighten up a Stray Dog Designs light fixture, enhance a Casa Otomi handbag or easily mix with contemporary lines to create the Eden Chair.
Allover variations of the design are perfect for walls as well. Royal Design Studio has an Otomi Allover Damask Wall Stencil from the Latin American Stencils Collection (above) that can be used time and again to bring this look to walls, flooring, furniture or any other surface and in any hue you desire. Of course, you can also go with a Hygge & West wallcovering (below) as well.
Doesn’t the pattern look phenomenal on furniture too? It’s a fantastic surface choice for the Otomi textile designs! You can easily stencil a tabletop (and more!) with the Small Otomi Folk Art Furniture Stencil or do a Contact Paper DIY method like on the dresser front from the book Printing by Hand.
Lushly colored Otomi textile pillows and coverlets against a sea of white, so crisp and fresh no? This beautiful bedroom was featured in The Beetle Shack.
Designer Liz Caan framed an Otomi-inspired Henri Maik canvas for her home. You can steal the idea by mounting a textile remnant fabric piece or stenciled canvas as a work of art as well – an especially good idea for adding color to a rental space that you can’t paint. The historic patterns and saturated colors of the Otomi Tenango textiles are so pretty to look at that they’ll virtually cheer up a neutral space effortlessly. The gorgeous use of both positive and negative space offers a striking mix of the modern and the historic. Wouldn’t they look amazing in your home?