Design Trend: Mud Cloth & Hmong Textiles

African mud cloth hmong batik fabric pillow covers

You know I have a thing for swapping out pillows, right?!  So it should come as no surprise that I've been sourcing new options to use in our family room once this round of renovations are over.  Two particular fabrics, known as "mud cloth" and "hmong", have really caught my attention.  I absolutely love the texture and pattern of these textiles!

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African Mud Cloth Pillows

In simple terms, mud cloth is a handmade cotton fabric that is traditionally dyed with fermented mud.  The technique comes from the African Mali culture.

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Examples of Hmong textiles

Hmong textile art, or "flower cloth", is a traditional art practiced by the Hmong people - an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.  The embroidered cloths have bold geometric designs that are often interwoven in bright, contrasting colors.

The popularity of both mud cloth and Hmong textiles has really surged in recent years, making a worldwide appearance in fashion, art, and home decor.

A Hmong-inspired bolster pillow was recommended in this recent bedroom design:

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I also incorporated the blue/white African mud cloth lumbar pillow in this design:

One Kings Lane African mud cloth fabric pillow e-design interior design decorating

Are you a fan of this "design trend"?!

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  1. Love these fabrics! Do you know of a good source for the material?

    1. Hi Barbara. I typically search Etsy for these fabrics. If you sew, or have a seamstress, you can save quite a bit by purchasing just the fabrics instead of ready-made pillow covers. I search under hmong, african mud cloth, boho/bohemian fabrics and pillow covers. Hope this helps!


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