19th century Mexican Serape

Contributed by JTerry

19th century Mexican Serape

Made in Mexico, a serape or (zerape) is a soft rectangular blanket with an opening in the middle for one's head. It is a long blanket-like shawl, often brightly colored and fringed at the ends, worn especially by Mexican men.

This serape was presented to my great grandmother, Frieda Lawrence (nee von Richtofen, formerly Weekley), by local American Indians in Taos, New Mexico to mark the death in 1930 of her husband the writer DH Lawrence.

Frieda and Lawrence lived on a small ranch in Taos and his ashes are incorporated into the memorial stone in a small memorial building near the house with Frieda buried outside it.

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