London show flaunts shawl popularised by Frida Kahlo

London: The traditional Mexican `rebozo` or shawl, that late Mexican painter Frida Kahlo used to wear, is the focus of the "Made in Mexico" exhibit at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.

The exhibit explores the role that fashion has played in promoting Mexican culture worldwide from the 17th century to the present and highlights the rebozo as a symbol of Mexican identity.

The origins of the rebozo, which come in a variety of designs and colours, date to the colonial era when Mexican artisans were influenced by embroidered shawls and `mantillas` (lace/satin veil worn over head and shoulders) from Spain.

It is unclear when the first rebozos were woven, although the first references to this garment appear in the 16th century.

They were made famous by Kahlo, several of whose self-portraits show her wearing the rebozo.

"Made in Mexico" also features work by contemporary Mexican and British artists, photographers, fashion and textile designers.

The exhibition opened June 6 and will continue till Aug 30.

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