Dia de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead comes to life on this colorful blanket. More than 3,000 years ago, indigenous peoples of Mexico celebrated a ritual honoring their dead ancestors. During the age of the Aztecs, skulls were first used to symbolize death and rebirth. In the 15th century, Spanish conquistadores were aghast at a ritual that seemed to mock death. To make the ceremony more Christian, the Spaniards moved the event to All Saints Day (November 1), which is when it is celebrated today. The central figure of our Day of the Dead blanket represents the colorful wooden skull masks or calacas that celebrants wear as they dance to honor their dead relatives. The wooden skulls, decorated sugar skulls and marigolds are placed at gravesites and altars for the departed. The blanket's bright colors and festive images of flowers and mariachi musicians capture the spirit of the celebration.
These blankets are robe size, great for wrapping yourself up, bed blankets or a throw on the couch. They are impressive as wall hangings. Felt bound. 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton. Dry clean only.
163cm x 203cm