Saturday, May 12, 2007

More fabric through the mail -Loteria fabric

This fabric was in my mail box yesterday, I had been looking for it for a while and I found it at . It is one of those fabrics that stores in my area don't care to carry. I love am I going to use it? "don't know yet" but it will come to me.
I used to play the game when I was little, and although kids these days have all kind of electronic games the game is still a favorite in Mexico. I bought 2 yrds of it, I'm thinking of making a quilted throw pillow for my little friend Julia, I will try to pick a panel that doesn't have the skeleton. Thinking of it, the one I'm showing is kind of morbid......I found the following on the web. I didn't realize the game went back that far.

The traditional Lotería originated in Italy, moved to Spain, and finally came to Mexico in 1769. Initially played by the colonial Mexican elite, it eventually was embraced by all social classes. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Mexican farms and towns were few and far between. Traveling ferias (fairs) would set up in these ranchlands and small towns on the weekends, and many people would go to them especially to play Lotería. The game is very similar to American Bingo, with some differences. In Bingo, a number with an associated letter is randomly chosen from a rotating drum, while in Lotería, a card with a colorfully illustrated image is drawn from a special deck.

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