The Rebozo

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Rebozo is a laborious hand woven shawl.  A typical rebozo consists of a long and narrow piece of fabric that has two parts; the body and the fringes at the end of each edge.

The first time the word rebozo was mentioned in History was in 1572, by fray Diego Duran.

For three centuries the art of creating and wearing a rebozo it has survived. By the end of the eighteen century the rebozo was adopted by women from every social class, making an indispensable garment in their wardrobe.

The prestige and popularity of a rebozo turn into a Mexican femininity symbol.

The classic rebozo is made of cotton, silk, rayon/cotton and wool. Its marbled pattern is created with the ikat technique. IKAT is of Malay origin, is a yarn tie-dye technique. The communication and trade with Orient in 1565 through the Acapulco galleon, when it landed in Mexican shores, the Persian xal and Hindu sari influenced the decoration of the Mexican rebozo.

This is just an introduction of the History of rebozo. To talk about rebozo means to talk about History, Geography, Love, Heirloom.  Each rebozo represents a whole community of wise and highly hand skilled artisans.  I would like to invite you to learn more about this fascinating theme. There are some books you will enjoy to read, or  if you live in the metropolitan are of Washington DC or South part of  Maryland, please consider helping us arrange a free presentation featuring the history of the rebozo and it uses. No purchase necessary but we will offer a selection of items for sale.