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My grandmother purchased this Mexican souvenir textile in the 1930s or 1940s, during one of the trips that she and my grandfather took to Mexico while she was still alive (my Grandma died in 1973). There are many uses for woven textiles: they can be worn as apparel, called a 'serape;' used as a blanket, called a "zerape;" used for a table cloth or runner, repurposed as upholstery fabric or curtains; or hung on the wall as art. Zerapes made in the city of Saltillo are referred to as "Saltillos" or as "Saltillo blankets."

As a textile art form and apparel, serapes were developed and utilized in the late 17th, 18th and 19th century, with a rapid decline in use in the early 20th century. Serapes reflected a merging of cultures, arts, crafts and weaving techniques of both the aboriginal and European inhabitants of Mexico. Serape weavers incorporated traditional designs that were hundreds of years old.

Grandma was was infinitely organized and fastidious in every regard, so it's not surprising that the blanket is in mint, pristine, rarely-if-ever-used vintage condition and has no tears or holes, no missing fringe, no signs of color bleed or fading, etc. Grandma took great care to display and maintain, or properly package and store, her belongings and family possessions, especially the things she bought on her travels.

The blanket is wool with a cotton woof (the fibers that go the long way) and was tightly woven, by hand, using an old method that is rarely seen anymore. The blanket is predominantly pink, with vibrant stripes of other colors in rows down the pattern including royal blue, yellow, red, black, white, green, orange, brown, and white. There is a white chevron design in the center of the blanket. The blanket measures 24 inches wide by 54 inches long (not including the fringe at either end). The fringe is about 4 to 5 inches long.

How often do you encounter the handiwork of a master craftsman that you can easily afford? How often is something made with equal parts care and precision and attention to detail? Now is the chance - your chance - to take advantage of a rare and too-fleeting opportunity, so seize the day and claim this gorgeous textile on behalf of yourself and your family! The one thing in this listing that won't last forever is this sale.

Thank you for shopping Casa Wabi Sabi!

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Vintage Mexican Serape, Authentic Saltillo Blanket or Zerape, Decorative Woven Textile, Handmade Souvenir

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: wool, cotton, hand weave, hand woven, handmade blanket, decorative textile, vibrant colors, bright pink, chevron, Mexican handicrafts, Southwestern style
  • Feedback: 41 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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