The ubiquitous nature of the Mexican blanket has left many people wondering where this iconic symbol of Mexico began. Legend has it that Mexican blankets, known as serape (sometimes spelled Sarape) have their beginnings in the time of the Aztecs, when they used brightly colored cloth, dyed with berries and other fruits, as offerings to the gods. The Aztecs believed that these bright colors would drive away evil spirits and persuade the gods to shower blessings on them.
Regardless of its origins, the Mexican blanket is known throughout the world as a symbol of Mexico. The bright colors represent the brightness and zest for life that is central to Mexican culture. Aside from Mexican food, the Mexican blanket is perhaps Mexico’s largest export to the rest of the world. No other symbol is as easily recognized as quintessentially Mexican as the Sarape blanket.
Take a walk through any major tourist section of any city in Mexico and you are sure to see these blankets for sale. Few who visit Mexico do not return home with at least one of these blankets, and often with a suitcase full to hand out as gifts to eager recipients. The versatility of the blanket, combined with the color scheme, make this item a perfect gift for anyone. The rainbow of colors contained in each blanket ensures that it will match any existing décor or style.
Originally these blankets were made of wool and were very heavy. These days they are usually made of acrylic or acrylic cotton blend and are machine washable and quite durable.