The ubiquitous nature of the Mexican blanket has left many people wondering just where did this iconic symbol of Mexico get its start. Legend has it that the Mexican blankets, known as serape (sometimes spelled Sarape) has its beginnings back in the days of the Aztecs, when they used bright colored cloth, stained from berries and other fruit, as gift offerings for the gods. The Aztecs believed that these bright colors would ward off evil spirits and would persuade the gods to shower down blessings upon them.
Regardless of its origins, the Mexican blanket is known the world over as a symbol of Mexico. The bright colors represent the flare and zest for life that is central to the Mexican culture. Apart from Mexican food, the Mexican blanket is perhaps the biggest export from Mexico to the rest of the world. No other symbol is as easily recognized as being quintessential Mexican as the Serape blanket.
Take a walk down any major tourist section of any town in Mexico and you are sure to see these blankets for sale. Few are those who visit Mexico that don’t come back home with at least one of these blankets, and often with a whole suitcase full to hand out as gifts to eager recipients. The versatility of the blanket, combined with the color scheme, make this item an perfect gift for anyone. The rainbow of colors contained in each blanket assures that it will match any existing décor or style.
Originally these blankets were made of wool and were very heavy. Nowadays, they are typically made of acrylic or an acrylic cotton blend and are machine washable and quite durable.