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Shawl (Rebozo)

Date:
late 18th century
Culture:
Mexico
Medium:
Silk embroidered with cotton, silk, and metal-wrapped thread
Dimensions:
30.5 x 93.7 in (77.5 x 238.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. George W. Childs Drexel, 1939
  • Description

    Rebozos are long rectangular shawls that were adapted by Mexican women from Spanish dress. On this rebozo, embroidered scenes depict Xochimilco, a favorite Mexico City park where citizens drifted in flower-covered boats among the famous ancient “floating gardens.” More uncommon are the scenes of interiors featuring upholstered European-style cabriole-legged chairs and tea services. These scenes depict the range of colonial society—from individuals sporting chic French-inspired fashions to liveried servants. A Jesuit priest appears in a number of vignettes. His long blue silk scarf wafting in the breeze, he enjoys the company of a lady, who in one scene removes and displays her own rebozo.

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