Traditional Carriers: The Rebozo of South America

on October 8, 2012

mother and child (image by Adam Collins)

The traditional Rebozo baby carrier is a long, square to rectangular piece of hand-woven fabric originating from South America.

Rebozo translates to ‘shawl’ in Spanish. It is an appropriate description of such a versatile piece of cloth – it can be used as a scarf or a wrap to keep warm or a shield from the sun and even converts to a rucksack to carry heavy loads other than children!

Traditionally, each handmade Rebozo wrap would reveal the status of the wearer by its quality of fabric, whether it be woven with silk, wool or cotton and its intricate designs would be finished off with braiding.

The simple design allows for versatile carrying positions for babies and toddlers including hip, front and back carries. Each position is usually tied off with a Rebozo knot to secure the precious load.

Have you used a Rebozo? We would live to hear about your experience

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Finishing off a rebozo at a textile workshop at the Museum de Arte Popular, Mexico City