Sarape (man's overgarment) with Mexican flags - ROM2015_14449_8


Sarape (man's overgarment) with Mexican flags

Medium:Wool and cotton tapestry
Geography: State of Coahuila de Zaragoza or Zacatecas, Mexico
Date: c. 1880-1899
256 x 102.5 cm
Object number: 2015.11.3
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund
Not on view

Eye-dazzling single panel sarape. The central diamond design encloses 4 subsidiary diamonds with jagged edges. Both ends feature a horizontal border with Mexican and American flags. Mechanically pied yarns and broader looms, together with synthetic dyes, were increasingly adopted by Mexican weavers after 1860.

Textile skills in Mexico chiefly centre on the creation of clothing. The finest sarapes, patterned with interlocking motifs in rich colours, were dazzling works of art in cloth that represented wealth and male prestige in 19th-century Mexico. Today the sarape is seen as a symbol of mexicanidad, or Mexican identity. Using gradations of colour, the weaver creates an illusion of three-dimensional space.

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