"The woman had on a black shawl or rebozo about her shoulders"
Seated woman in blue rebozo shawl and red skirt (1937), by Luis Marquez
Public DomainSeated woman in blue rebozo shawl and red skirt (1937), by Luis Marquez - Credit: Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

A rebozo is a type of scarf or shawl worn by Mexican woman, made variously of cotton, wool, silk, or articela.

It is unknown whether the indigenous people of Mexico used them before the arrival of the Spanish, but the word does not appear in the Spanish language until the year 1562.

 

Seated woman with teal rebozo shawl on her head (1937), by Luis Marquez
Public DomainSeated woman with teal rebozo shawl on her head (1937), by Luis Marquez - Credit: Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries