Mexican otomi embroidery, or tenango, is a textile I’ve admired for quite some time. Otomi is not only beautiful to look at it, but it represents the history of the Otomi people indigenous to central Mexico. This material only become known outside of Mexico when the Otomi brought it to market in the 1960s. A severe drought ruined their agricultural enterprise, so they turned to manufacturing textiles. Not only that, the animals depicted in most otomi embroidery are said to be based on ancient cave drawings. And so ends today’s history lesson.
Because of the nature of otomi (handmade by Mexican artisans), it’s hard to find decor that won’t break the bank. I searched high and low to gather some pieces that either are true otomi, or inspired by this traditional textile. The colorful variations of this design are whimsical and fanciful. While the more muted variations appear modern, elegant, and graceful. It’s truly a multifaceted fabric.
- Pillow // Etsy – I might as well go ahead and apologize now for the amount of pillows in this round-up. It’s the easiest way to bring this bright fabric into your decor. And there are just so many good options!
- Lamp shade // Esty – This lamp shade is made to order and is thus available in multiple shapes and sizes.
- Quilt set // HSN – This three piece set is currently on sale and available for only $40 (omg).
- Pillow // Wayfair – I may or may not have gasped when I came across this pillow. It’s available in seven different colors and they’re all this good.
- Lumbar pillow // Amazon – While the colorful otomi is absolutely beautiful and bohemian, there’s just something about the muted versions that speak to me.
- Canvas // Children Inspire Design – This would be perfect in an office or playroom.
- Lucite tray // domino – This tray would bring a pop of otomi and color to a coffee table.
- Stencil // Amazon – An absolutely stunning alternative to wallpaper. An accent wall done with this stencil would look killer in any room.
- Pom pom throw // Amazon – Pom poms are included on lots of otomi products. This throw complements otomi decor while also dialing down the color.
- Pillow // Amazon – I came across this pillow after I had all but finished this post. I had to squeeze it in because this is one of the more unique versions of otomi that I’ve seen.
- Digital download // Etsy – This comes available in eight different colors. Perfect for any wall. And it’s $5 so easy on the wallet.
- Table cloth // Etsy – The makes me wish my dining room table was round. A linen table cloth layered underneath this would look brilliant.
- Pillow // Lulu & Georgia – I spy everything from a bull to an opossum to a rooster on this beautiful pillow. In what other medium can an opossum appear beautiful??
- Blanket // HSN – These are part of Sabrina Soto’s line and are currently on sale for $15 (another omg).