Saltillo Sarapes A Survey: 1850-1920

Saltillo Sarapes A Survey: 1850-1920


Mark Winter and Tom McCormick


Previously published work on the Saltillo Sarape has primarily concentrated on those textiles classified as Classic, that is to say, weavings produced from the eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. This is certainly understandable as these world-class weavings are among the most magnificent ever produced in any culture. They have always been costly, a sign of wealth and privilege, and they are rare and expensive to collect today. Mark Winter, the foremost authority on the topic, has written insightfully in his essay about the history and development of the Classic Saltillo Sarape. However, Saltillo Sarapes woven in the post-classic period, after 1850 and up to the decline of the indigenous Mexican weaving industry in the early twentieth century, have received considerably less attention. This represents a seventy-five year period in which superb examples were produced with an expanded canon of design concepts and the benefit of newly available dyes and yarns. This was also an era of growing nationalism, when the sarape became a symbol of Mexican pride. The weavings of this period are the subject of the essay by Tom McCormick and the accompanying exhibition at the McCormick Gallery.

112 pages with 50 color illustrations and 57 color plates

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