We were inspired by paper maché, the process of tearing paper into free form pieces and piecing them together on a canvas. As it dries, the paper crinkles creating small pockets of texture.
Matelassé is a jacquard weaving method that creates fabric with the textural, dimensional look of quilting, though there's no batting or stitching involved. We've always loved the technique, but we've never been fond of the regimented geometric patterns and fussy florals that are the customary designs for matelassé.
So we decided to do matelassé the Coyuchi way. The result is our Cotton Maché collection, in organic cotton with a free-form pattern inspired by water flowing over river rocks. Crafted in Portugal, where the finest matelassés are made, it's a whole new look for this traditional technique. We love the way it works with the rest of our collection, offering great texture and mid-scale pattern to layer beautifully with solids or prints.