Over a decade ago I stumbled across Falsa blankets in a market down some back street in the outskirts of Mexico City.
I could not resist buying four of these beautiful blankets I have now learned are actually called Mexican Falsa Blankets. There is a real quality to them. While not particularly heavy, they are robust and well made. Despite the difficulty in stuffing three of them into my single suitcase, and having to nonchalantly wear one the entire flight home, I have no regrets.
Several houses (and two continents) later, and having taken a severe beating along the way from kids, beaches, dogs, wet grass, red wine, and mayonnaise I can personally attest to their rugged durability. They are gorgeous too. Enough of the 'ethnic' to prove you do occasionally venture out, but stylish enough to be cool just about anywhere.
These traditional hand loomed Mexican falsa blankets are available in a variety of colours. These wonderful, functional craft items are used for a variety of purposes: a simple cosy blanket, a yoga or meditation mat, or as a colourful throw or rug.
Falsa Blankets are made from a comfortable and durable recycled cotton and acrylic yarn that is produced from reclaimed t-shirts, sweaters and material offcuts which could otherwise end up in landfill.
Falsa Blankets are also lightweight and easy to roll making them perfect as a beach or picnic blanket and an essential bit of kit for any hardened festival goer.
Made in Mexico by fairly paid artisans, Guaranteed Fair Trade.
Approximately: : 120cm × 185cm
Made in Mexico
Siesta Crafts was started in 1983 by Chris and Les Harper with a market stall selling handicrafts that were brought back from their travels from Mexico and Guatemala (hence the name!).
They now import directly from suppliers in countries all over the world on a Fair Trade basis and they are proud to be a member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers.
They specialise in unusual and interesting gifts. In this day and age of anodyne, cloned town high streets, it is good to see they have a vibrant, colourful presence with a wide range of unique and colourful handcrafted and fair trade items.
Their intention is that by trading with their producers they are helping them to achieve economic self-sufficiency, whilst simultaneously bringing to their customers the skills and crafts of other cultures.