Vintage Mali Indigo Pillow, Green and Rust Surface Dyes
From the vintage fabric collection at Miller Upholstering is this one-off 18" true blue indigo. Extra surface marks bear this textile's story with metal - briny green cast over blue and a touch of rust show a reaction against iron, perhaps salts, somewhere, at some time. This particular panel was sturdily woven, so it handled quite well. All seams serged to prevent raveling with an invisible zipper closure and comes with a feather insert.
African cloth comes into the shop in person from my visiting textile representative from Mali. I look for unique characteristics of color, texture, pattern and condition to ensure they'll lend themselves to a variety of use and projects that customers most often ask for, which are pillows but can also be used in apparel, accessories, throws or light blankets, tableset accents such as runners, placemats, etc. I usually keep every scrap because it's so wonderful, so always have some on hand to use in handmade items or work into custom projects.