The first time I fell in love with Otomi fabric was while visiting the folk art markets of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. These vibrantly colored textiles are hand embroidered by the Otomi women, in the Tenango Valley of Hidalgo, Mexico. The motifs, which usually always include flowers and animals, originates from the prehistoric wall paintings from the region and symbolize man living in harmony with nature. As you can tell, each embroidery takes tens of hours, if not a couple of months, to complete – and the end result is stunning. I’m so happy to have discovered Olli, a San Francisco based company who works with a small collective of embroiderers to bring Otomi loungers and cushions stateside. I’m just lusting after one of the those large muli-colored loungers!
(Olli Otomi loungers and cushions available here)