I don’t know how I feel about vintage fabrics that portray Mexican people and other assorted stereotypical Mexican motifs. What do you think — do these images send the wrong message, or are they harmless? Are they important documents of less enlightened times, or should they all be thrown out and forgotten? I’ll call them South of the Border prints (as most sellers of vintage fabrics do) because, as that name implies, they portray a decidedly North American-centered view of Mexico.
Me, I’ve got a few such prints in my stash and enjoy them from a color and design perspective, but don’t think I would be able to use or flaunt fabric portraying a sombrero-wearing siesta-taking man, or jolly fruit-selling native women. This example above, from freerangebaby (blog/shop) on Flickr, is interesting because most “South of the Border” prints were produced in the 40s-50s, and this one looks more 60s-70s with its bright colors and more graphic style.