Have you ever been given a rebozo? Sounds a bit like the name for a re-offending ASBO, doesn't it? But don't worry, if you did receive a rebozo, then it would probably be as a much welcomed gift than a slur on your record. A rebozo is in fact a classic Mexican shawl. The word comes from the Spanish to envelope oneself, and have been in use since at least the sixteenth century. It was the twentieth century artist, Frida Kahlo, however, who made them famous.
Up until the 31st August, the Fashion and Textile Museum are running Made in Mexico, an exhibition exploring Mexican art, culture, and fashion. It will look in particular at the rebozo, as well as other textiles from the seventeenth century to present day.
Aside from the garments themselves UK artists have responded to the clothing with a display of their photography and fashion designs. You can buy tickets on the day of your visit for £8.80 adults, £6.60 concessions, and £5.50 students. Children under 12 are free.
On the 5th of August you can take a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the British Museum's collection of Mexican textiles. This will take place at Blythe House and casts £15 to book. You can also take part in two workshops; learn how to knit a shawl between the 31st July - 1st August or the art of papel picado making on the 7th August.