Mexican Serape Blanket - Albuquerque
Made by Camaxtl
Spice up any room with this traditional hand-woven Mexican blanket! Wrap yourself up at the beach, have a picnic in the park, or take it to an outdoor concert. Each purchase empowers artisans working with Camaxtl in Mexico.
Fair Trade Rainbow Hand-Woven Mexican Serape Blanket | Albuquerque
- Approximately 82" x 58"
- 70% Acrylic, 30% Cotton
- As with all handwoven items, slight variations will occur
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Camaxtli is comprised of 13 artisans in San Bernardino Contla in Tlaxcala, Mexico. They masterfully weave beautiful serapes using traditional techniques and designs that originate from the community of Saltillo. Camaxtli helps these artisans find an outlet for their product and reach a broader audience. By making the serapes, the artisans are able to earn an income and preserve a cultural heritage that connects them to their roots.
The serape is a universally recognized symbol of Mexico - colorful and versatile, this beautiful textile has a rich history and tradition that continues today. Originally, serapes were intended as an inexpensive piece of outerwear, worn over the shoulders as a poncho or shawl. Serapes originated with the Chichimec people of Coahuila, in northeastern Mexico. Serapes are still made in that region today, but have made their way into modern Mexican culture and history.
The word “serape” refers to the traditional striped weave of the blanket, which is woven into the soft cotton on a hand loom. The vibrant colors are a result of hand-dying each fiber before weaving them together. The largest stripe is the primary color, and is complemented with smaller stripes throughout the weave. The vibrant colors and beautiful weaving reflect traditional Mexican techniques and the rich history that accompanies them.
The culture of Mexico is one of the richest and most ancient in the western hemisphere. Its cultural, geographical and historical wealth is palpable and it can be appreciated through its architecture and pyramids, and traditions. Most of Mexico’s art is still created through processes that have not changed since the Aztec civilization. Clay pottery, vibrant designs, embroidered cotton garments, wool shawls and outer garments with angular designs and colorful baskets and rugs are some of the common items associated with Mexican art.
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