The Mexican Sarape from Coahuila is a piece brought from the North of Mexico in Saltillo, Coahuila, it´s a rectangular textile which represents the Mexican spirit, the elaboration of this beautiful textile is very detailed and is made from yarn designs with different colored fans, and besides you can find in its own museum “El Museo del Sarape y Trajes Mexicanos de Saltillo”.
What is the origin and history of the Mexican Sarapes of Saltillo?
Sarape is one of the most representative symbols of Mexico, its history is similar to female rebozo, because it starts a simple garment of everyday use, and become a national emblem. It emerged around 1750 and 1860, in the city of Saltillo, when sarapes used to be of a very fine thread and delicate fabric.
Clasic Mexican Sarapes from Saltillo.
The mexican sarape from Saltillo Coahuila is a rectangle-shaped piece of fabric that has two canvases that join through the center, usually, its measurements consist of 1.20 m wide by 2.40 long. They usually have an opening, in this way, “Sarapes” can be used as ponchos and placed on the shoulders with a design on the central back. Generally, the design is centered on a diamond in the center, which is usually the size of the back and chest, the frame of the figure is usually contrasting with some repetitive designs.
Some other styles of zarapes may have diagonal designs or even with vertical zig-zag bands, the reality is that decorative elements usually have triangles, diamonds, ovals and combinations in nuanced and contrasting tones that achieve a vibrant effect.
What material are Mexican Sarapes from Saltillo Coahuila made of?
Sarape recognized as an art work.
Mexican Sarape from Saltillo Coahuila is a very complicated piece to manufacture, so in its process it takes a lot of skill and creativity, usually developing their designs with natural materials and their own hands. There is even a large collection of Mexican Sarapes in the National Museum of Anthropology and History, and some of them may have centuries of existence, this in order to study the technique with which each of them is made.
And not only this, but also are a source of inspiration for Mexican and foreign artists, among whom we can find Edouard Pingret, Claudio Linati, Thomas Egerton and Juan M.Rugendas.Thanks to their history and wonderful design, sarapes are still manufactured by the artisans who have as their task to preserve this colorful and warm tradition.