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History of Mexican Clothing

Mexican dress is a huge mix of colonial and indigenous traditions that have been used for centuries. It features embroidery, colors, fabrics such as cotton, silk or wool, and an immense number of styles.

It is important to know that Mexican clothing has many variations depending on the region of the country, as there are different customs in Mexican culture.


The huipil is a blouse or sleeveless dress of indigenous origin, which has a rectangular fabric sewn on both sides, with openings for the arms and another slightly wider for the head, this is usually made with wool or cotton, embroidered with many colors.



The Quexquemetl is an aboriginal dress related to the dances of the agricultural calendar, made with two rectangles of fabric that form a cone and an opening to put the head. It can be made in cotton or wool with embroidery of animals and flowers.



The rebozo comes from the cross between settlers and Indians and is made of a long rectangular, scarf-like fabric of cotton, wool or silk. It is widely used for carrying infants.



Clothing varies in fabric, color and shape depending on the region, for example; the Jarocho is a typical Veracruz garment, with white predominating in both men's and women's clothing.



The Charro is a Jalisco outfit in which the man wears a huge hat, jacket and tight pants, while the woman wears a long dress with wide sleeves.



The Tehuanas is a very colorful garment from Oaxaca, made popular by Frida Kahlo, has a dark material, composed of a huipil and a skirt with flowers, and is sometimes embroidered.



The China Poblana is from Puebla, it is a low-cut white blouse with floral embroidery and a usually red skirt, which is known as a beaver.




Clothing is an impressive and abundant part of Mexican culture, and expresses the identity of each region.



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