Costume and Textiles
Shawl (Rebozo)Made in Mexico, North and Central America
Late 18th century
Artist/maker unknown, Mexican
Silk plain weave with resist dyeing and silk and gilt thread embroidery in darning, satin, and outline stitches; knotted fringe
Currently not on view
1939-1-19Gift of Mrs. George W. Childs Drexel, 1939
LabelThe rebozo, or shawl, was used by all Mexicans during the colonial period, regardless of class and ethnic lines. Rebozos were not only utilitarian, but were presented to young women to mark special occasions, such as their entrance into a convent. This example, made around 1790, is typical of Mexican colonial embroidery in that the back is as finished as the front. The figures depicted in the embroidery, including members of the clergy, Indian women, and Creole and Spanish elites, are engaged in leisure activities popular in Mexico City such as dancing, boating, and dining outdoors.