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March 2011 - Vogue Serapes

Vogue.com: Need it Now: Mexican Serapes

by Virginia Tupker
Posted March 04, 2011 3:40 p.m.

"In my opinion it is the new Suzani," exclaims Lauren Santo Domingo of her Mexican serape, which she has prominently displayed as a throw on her sofa. And come to think of it, we can't help but agree. Designer Kathryn Ireland recently used antique serapes for the first time as curtains in a project which graced the cover of the February 2011 World of Interiors magazine. "I love the way the fabric drapes, and I always like to do something different," says Ireland. "So I hang them as a curtain instead of throwing them over a bed or sofa. This way they are not only purely decorative, but they serve a purpose – keeping the sun out." Pendleton Woolen Mills even makes a version, and antique tribal textile collector and dealer Emilie Jean admits she has recently noticed a rise in demand for these colorful weaves among her clientele. Although they can be bought new, the antique ones are the most exquisite, with a spectacular multicolored central diamond motif known as the "Ojo de Dios" or Eye of God. "You can tell the age quite easily by looking at the fringe," says Jean. "On old serapes, the fringe will be very fine, yellowed with age, and quite elaborately knotted." Here we have put together a selection from some of our favorite sources.