DRESSING YOUR BED
By: Ana Tovilla.
Photography: Jorge Dávalos for 13/Trece.
When we talk about the bedroom, the bed always takes the lead. In Mexico, textile art is so versatile that it has extended to accessories such as bedsheets, duvet covers, pillow and cushion cases, as well as blankets and throws for the bed. The following proposals by local brands offer bedding accessories, elaborated by craftswomen, who perpetuate millenary textile techniques, such pedal and waist looms, and are fusing them with contemporary designs.
You can use a throw any which way you want, whether it’s at the food of your bed, or to wrap yourself up in it and use it as a blanket. We can also use them as a cozy gesture, since they look good anywhere, in a basket, on the couch or in an armchair in the room. Some designs are made with natural materials, mainly cotton, and in different tones, such as those in the Cleta collection by Colorindio, in strong colors and woven in waist looms by the women in the Los Altos region in Chiapas.
Also known as a Nordic case or a duvet case, this is one of the most important elements for dressing a bed. There’s one for every taste. Candor Home has duvet covers with neutral colors and made with natural materials, such as linen, which in addition to being lightweight, the feeling of comfort all the more evident.
Setting the decorative portion aside, bedsheets are one of the main elements on any bed, since their most important function is to help us get some rest. The materials we choose, such as cotton or satin, will have to do with the climate and the temperature we want when it comes to our bedtime. The softness, the weight and the freshness are aspects we must take into consideration when picking a set of sheets; that is why we must think about the thread count, although this does not always determine the overall quality. A standard sheet has 120 thread count (60 horizontally, 60 vertically). The greater, the softer the sheet will be, although it will also be heavier. We recommend you pick those that have a thread count between 180 and 420.
Pillow and cushion cases
These details set the mood and make the first impression. Pillows made by craftswomen in several corners around the country are expressions of grand traditions. These can be made of cotton, wool or jute, and some set themselves apart with their handmade embroideries, tassels, cords and knots, such as those of Candor Home, made in Pátzcuaro, in the State of Michoacán; those of Taller Maya, from Yucatán, made with 100% handdyed cotton with embroideries and striped knitted patterns, or the covers of Bindi Lou, many of which are made with thick woolen fabrics in Puebla or Guanajuato.