Mexican-American Folk Costumes


Figure 1.--Here we see a Mexica-American family, we think in the 1960s. The children are wearing Mexican folk costums. We suspect they re also involved in folk dancing.

We do not know a great deal about Mexican folk cosumes and their popularity among Meican Americans. We don not have much of an archive about Mexican American. This suggests that they did not commonly have portraits taken in the late-19th and early-20th century. Economic factors y be involved here. But we do ee portraits from other low-income groups. We begin to see Mexican Americans dessing up in folk costumes after Word War II, especially by the 1960s and 70s. This was a time when Americans generally were beginning to explore their ethnic origins. At the time, the Meican-American population was still primarily concentrated in the Southwest. The Mexican Americans ans other Hispanic Americans have since spredout thrioughout the country and you see Mexican Americans wearing folk costues on a variety of special events. The mot important, of couse is Cinco de Mayo which is incresingly becoming a popular celebration on the wider American culture. This seems especially popular with the girls who wear brighly colored dresses with flareing skirts. We see fewer boys dressing up in costumes, although the broad sombrero hats are popular. The black deorated jackets are very expensive. The boys often wear white campesiono outfits with neckrhiefs which are more afordable. The children often put on dances in these costumes.






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