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Woman's rebozo (shawl) - 2014.36.28_1


Woman's rebozo (shawl)

Maker: Yucatec culture
Medium:Rayon tabby with warp-ikat patterning and knotted fringe
Geography: Santa María del Río, State of San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Date: 1930
238 x 65 cm
Object number: 2014.36.28
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Kircheis Family Endowment Fund
Not on view

The fringed rebozo was woven after the warp threads were tie-dyed.

The Mexican rebozo has become a symbol of femininity and nationhood. Its origins probably lie with the spread of Christianity, which required women to cover their heads in church. Art from the 19th century shows Mexican women of all classes wearing rebozos. For some, rebozos were costly works of art. But for the majority, they were practical as well, sheltering the wearer from sun or cold, and enabling her to nurse a baby or transport heavy loads.

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