What is a serape?
A Serape (sometimes spelled sarape) is a type of blanket that is popular in Mexico and throughout Latin America. Each country has a unique definition of what constitutes a serape blanket. For example, in Guatemala, the serape generally has animals or other objects woven in to the blanket, along with earth toned colors and shapes. In Mexico, the serape is the bright colored blanket that is also common here in the United States, especially in Mexican restaurants. These brightly striped blankets are also very common on the streets of Mexican tourist destinations such as Mazatlan, Cancun and Puerto Vallerta.
The serape is also very typical in most homes in Mexico, where they are generally used as a couch cover or as a bedspread. Due to the popularity of the serape, it has become a symbol of Mexico throughout the world. Because of this, it is now routinely used when decorating for Mexican or fiesta themed events and parties, such as Cinco de Mayo.
The serape usually comes in 5 sizes, with the X-large (82″ by 62″) the most popular. It also comes in table runner and placemat size, which are popular for decorating for fiestas. Each serape blanket has one dominant color, which is the widest stripe in the blanket, but also has an assortment of other colors in varying degrees of thickness.
The uses for a serape are many. Besides those already mentioned, they have also been used as curtains, shower curtain, seat covers, and even upholstery for hot rods and antique cars. They have also been made into serape poncho, which is simply the serape blanket with a hole cut in it to wear as a poncho. These ponchos are quite popular as Halloween costumes.
You can buy serapes ponchos, sombreros, maracas, and other fiesta decor at Elchamaco.com.