Serviettas are napkins, and these were woven to wrap tortillas to keep them warm. Their size and medium weight make them very versatile, though, and you could use them for bread cloths, hand towels, table mats or lapkins (very large napkins).
Dark green and deep sage green stripes alternate across these mats in a supple yet sturdy handwoven warp-faced weave. Natural brown and white cotton borders on the front side provide a bit of flair. The motifs have been added with a supplementary weft technique. The non-selvedge edges are hemmed, and all four sides are finished with an embroidered blanket stitch technique.
Women weavers of San Juan Colorado, Oaxaca, Mexico, still handspin and naturally dye their yarns, then weave their fine fabrics on backstrap looms. They have formed weaving collectives within their town to improve their weaving and marketing opportunities.