Reading Between the Lines
The handmade Mexican blankets commonly called Sarapes have more than a secret to tell. Their designs enclose the identity of a country and the history of their people. Born of the fusion of native indians’ clothing and the Spanish fashion this traditional garment has been worn by peasants, landlords, revolutionists and cowboys throughout Mexican history.
We invite you to read a little bit more about this tradition and how our beautiful sapares are brought to life at a family worskshop in Central Mexico.
The workshop were our Sarapes are made is located in a small, remote village in Central Mexico called Contla de Juan Cuamatzi. It is placed at the back of the grandpa’s home and has been passed down for 3 generations.
The Sarapes’ designs are commonly made of geometric figures such as diamonds or straight lines in a variety of bright colours. In Nahutle tongue (ethnic language of Central Mexico) the sarapes were called Acocemalotic-tilmatli, meaning Rainbow blankets.
The founder of the workshop where our Sarapes are made, Grandfather Filomeno, was a reknown craftman that brought many awards for his sarape designs which were considered authentic pieces of art.