man's poncho; serape

 
Nationality
Mexican
Creation date
Materials
wool
Dimensions
51 1/4 x 98 in.
Credit line
The Eliza M. and Sarah L. Niblack Collection
Accession number
33.1229
Collection
Not Currently On View

 

Prestigious wrappers like this one were worn by wealthy men for centuries throughout Mexico until the early 1900s. They were usually woven in two separate sections and then seamed together, leaving the neck opening.

This finely woven garment was made using a flat weave (tapestry or kilim) technique. Because of the fineness of the wool and mastery of construction, this poncho is reversible.

Eliza M. and Sarah L. Niblack Collection; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art (1933).
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