Unique MOTW Finds: Vintage Mexican Serapes

Mar 17, 2014


There are several things we can thank our Mexican neighbors to the south for; Mariachi music, pinatas, refreshing Corona cervezas, and all manner of tasty Mexican cuisine – delicious fish tacos and intricately textured mole [mo-lay] sauces come to mind. Also, let’s not forget that the great state of California was once under Mexican rule from 1821-1846. So it’s quite fair to say, Mexicans and Americans are more intertwined than we care to admit.

Something else we can be grateful to Mexico for is their traditional, multi-colored, rectangular cloth called a “serape” [sə-ˈrä-pē]. These vibrant garbs have been worn by Mexicans from all walks of life since the early 19th century – both as a functional piece for warmth and as a form of regalia. They are skillfully woven by hand with spectacular detail and dedication, and the edges are adorned with signature fringe detailing.

In modern days, the uses of vintage serapes have evolved. They are used as couch throws, bedding accessories and even as hanging decorations. We suggest you even get extra creative and even use a serape as drapery or even as a picnic blanket.

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