MEMO 9 / SEPTEMBER 2023 - FINE SALTILLO SARAPE -
More tan just a piece of clothing, the sarape is an iconic textile whose quality in yarn and weaving rises to the level of art, comparing favorably with the finest textiles worldwide. With its distinctive tripartite design, it stands as a testament to the skill and artistic vision of Mexican artisans.
From the lands of Guatemala to the region of the Navajo Indians in New Mexico, the sarape has left its mark on the fabric of history. The Sarape Saltillo dates back to the 17th century when an annual fair in Saltillo, in honor of San Mateo, drew crowds in search of these textile treasures. Although produced in various regions of Mexico, including Puebla, Texcoco, Querétaro, San Miguel de Allende, and Tlaxcala, the Sarape Saltillo became synonymous with quality and prestige.
During the turbulent era of the fight for independence, the sarape not only provided warmth but also became a symbol of bravery and resistance for the "chinacos." These courageous fighters, known for their short jackets and boldness on the battlefield, carried with them not only a protective cloak but also a piece of Mexican identity and pride.
The sarape is a garment that transcends its utilitarian function to become a symbol of Mexican identity. It has been worn by indigenous people, Spaniards, insurgents, and Mexicans from all social classes. It symbolizes national unity and is a legacy of Mexico's anonymous weavers.
Explore our selection of sarapes at Utilitario Mexicano and carry a piece of history on your shoulder.
Fine Saltillo Sarape