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Man's Sarape (Wearing Blanket)

A work made of cotton and wool, slit and single dovetail tapestry weave; edged with cotton, knotted fringe.
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  • A work made of cotton and wool, slit and single dovetail tapestry weave; edged with cotton, knotted fringe.

Date:

1800–50

Artist:

Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

About this artwork

Produced in northern Mexico using a combination of Indigenous and foreign weaving materials and techniques, the man’s wearing blanket—also known as a sarape—was a highly valued and versatile garment. Wrapped around the body like a shawl or folded and draped over one shoulder, sarapes were also used as blankets and provided protection from the weather. Made with native, undyed, hand-spun cotton and dyed churro wool from imported sheep, sarapes are soft, light, strong, and warm. With their bold designs and brilliant colors, sarapes became a symbol of Mexican identity following the Mexican Revolution.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Title

Man's Sarape (Wearing Blanket)

Place

Saltillo (Object made in)

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Made 1800–1850

Medium

Cotton and wool, slit and single dovetail tapestry weave; edged with cotton, knotted fringe

Dimensions

Overall, with fringe: 232.4 × 111.1 cm (91 1/2 × 43 3/4 in.); Overall, without fringe: 197.5 × 111.1 cm (77 3/4 × 43 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Tiffany Blake

Reference Number

1962.769

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