The step diamond pattern in the center indicates a Saltillo style serape or poncho popular and common from New Mexico to Guatemala. Thousands of head of sheep were brought in with the Spanish colonization and were well suited to the environment. Wool manufacture become an important part of the local economy. Local Indians already created weavings made from cotton and other plant products. The Spanish incorporated wool manufacturing techniques and encouraged the Indians to do more weaving. The industry died off when new trade brought in cotton cloth, but was revived again when the railroads brought in the tourist trade.
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