Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tehuana

The traditional costume of Tehuana comes form the area of Tehuantepec in the coast of Oaxaca in Mexico. It is believed that the headpiece came to be when the indian women who where supposed to wear European underskirts thought that such undergarments (heavily decorated) should be worn on the outside instead of underneath the other garments... and so the headpiece was born!
This a pastel sketch showing this garment.
Frida Kahlo painted herself in several occasions wearing this traditional garment which nowadays is worn only when performing traditional dances.

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