|This photo is from the facebook site mentioned.|
I followed the links suggested in the newsletter to find out more.
There is a facebook page that shows some of the variations in traditional dress. https://www.facebook.com/Mexican.textiles This site shows both weaving and embroidery as well as clothing. It is well worth a visit. I admit I was a little surprised. There is so much to see and learn on that site.
There was a link to a blog. http://blog.fabulousvintage.com.au/2012/04/16/mexican-embroidered-dresses/ The woman who wrote the blog collected some vintage Mexican items and the photos are very clear. There is a link to a Mexican Folk Museum on that blog, another interesting site. And a link to this page of photos. Wonderful. https://www.flickr.com/photos/citlali/sets/72157608977484960/with/2905146364/
|This is the style of Mexican dress|
that was popular for brides
when my sister was married.
Mexican history and culture is complex and fascinating. Weaving of cloth had been part of Mexican life since about 1400 BC. Did you know that silk and wool were introduced by the Spanish? Until then the people had woven fabrics from the fibres of yukka, cotton, maguey, and some palms. The French introduced a more mechanised industrial weaving system late in the 1800s that replaced the home-based weaving methods.
Frida Kahlo, the painter, wore traditional Mexican clothing as a social message.
Do have a look at some of these pictures. Read a bit. I am sure you will be inspired too.