Off topic: Zarapes
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yolanda Speece  Identity Verified
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Mar 17, 2007

Name the many uses of the zarape.

You can use it as a beach towel, a blanket, and a reboso.

Can you think of any other use for this item?


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Tina Colquhoun  Identity Verified
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G&T Mar 17, 2007

I always have mine with a little lemon and a gin and tonic.

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Will Matter  Identity Verified
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Lots Mar 17, 2007

Nearly anything that you can also use a blanket, towel, beach towel, poncho, shawl or other similar covering to do. Human ingenuity, in other words. Also spelled as 'serape'.

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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More Mar 17, 2007

You can wrap up in it on a cold day to keep warm, use it as a seat cover in your car, decorate an old trunk with it in your home, use it as a bedspread or a picnic blanket, hang it on the wall as an adornment, or cover a dead body with it. It will also work as a saddle blanket if you have a horse.

You can also hide under it if the police come looking for you, but you will surely be found.

If used as a car accessory you can take it out and wave it at passing motorists if you run out of gas on the highway, and maybe someone will give you a ride, perhaps even the Border Patrol.

Last but not least, it can be used as a breech clout (taparrabos) if your underwear gets stolen.

Good to have in emergencies.


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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Cover for worn-out chairs Mar 17, 2007

Our chairs and sofa were last re-upholstered about 25 years ago, so our zarapes (and my mother's afghans) pretend they're decorations when they're really hiding the worn and torn.

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Heidi C  Identity Verified
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About spelling Mar 18, 2007

willmatter wrote:

Nearly anything that you can also use a blanket, towel, beach towel, poncho, shawl or other similar covering to do. Human ingenuity, in other words. Also spelled as 'serape'.


Actually, in Spanish, the spelling can be either "zarape" or "sarape". (Diccionario del español usual en México).

"serape" would not be a Spanish spelling!

Also can be used as a wall hanging, tablecloth (the thinner ones), a carpet (the thicker ones)...


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Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
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Let's see. Mar 18, 2007

In Mexico:
Sarape or zarape = jorongo = poncho in Peru and Bolivia, I think.
It's simply a blanket with a hole in the middle of it to put it as a coat.
Rebozo is quiet different.


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Jan Willem van Dormolen  Identity Verified
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Hitchhiking Mar 18, 2007

If you go hitchhiking the galaxy, some sort of blanket is indispensable.

BTW, what is the purpose of your question? I'm totally perplexed...


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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Fun, I guess! Mar 18, 2007

Jan Willem van Dormolen wrote:

If you go hitchhiking the galaxy, some sort of blanket is indispensable.

BTW, what is the purpose of your question? I'm totally perplexed...


Me too (perplexed) but who cares? It's fun! Now, what I really want to know is, what's the purpose of hitchhiking the galaxy?

Jane


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biankonera  Identity Verified
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hitchiking Mar 18, 2007

JaneTranslates wrote:

what's the purpose of hitchhiking the galaxy?

Jane


To discover the purpose of this fun thing you would need a "wholly remarkable book" named The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams one of my favorite books ever!!!


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Edwal Rospigliosi  Identity Verified
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More uses Mar 19, 2007

You can put it on your shoulders to give you a touch of color when you're dressed as an Imperial Stormtrooper.

You can use it to distract a bull when it's charging towards you.

You can put it around your waist and claim you descend from a lost Scottish tribe who discovered America before Christopher Coumbus.

You can use it to practice hula-hop with your neck.


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Heidi C  Identity Verified
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A kilt!! Mar 19, 2007

Edwal Rospigliosi wrote:

You can put it around your waist and claim you descend from a lost Scottish tribe who discovered America before Christopher Coumbus.



This is the best proposal ever!!!!
Congratulations....


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Anna Sylvia Villegas Carvallo
Mexico
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Also... Mar 19, 2007

You can also put it around your head, and say you are a saint. A folkloric saint.



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In the translation industry Mar 19, 2007

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