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"A Stroll Through México" takes you on a pleasant tour of the 31 states in the Republic of México as well as the Distrito Federal. Experience the culture and history of this enchanting country embodied in its colorful textiles and costumes.
The state of Nayarít is the home of the Huichol Indians who are on of the most traditionally pure, indigenous groups in México due to the isolated locale of their five mountain villages. Many Huichol people still wear their traditional garments today. Made of manta, their costumes are lavishly embroidered in cross-stitch designs in vibrant colors. They are also known for their ornate beadwork creating jewelry and house objets d'art.
Tamaulipas is ranch country, and their regional costume is styled much like our western wear. It is made of suede or leather with appliquéd designs in a contrasting color calle Soutache Braid. The best examples, from the town of Tula, feature the Mexican national emblem of an eagle or the Aztec calendar. Some may have the state's coat-of-arms or the racher's cattle brand. The complete outfits are worn to state fairs, official functions and national holidays.
The original version of Papantla's ceremonial dress was created using hand woven material fea-turing beautiful embroi-dery. The modern version developed be-cause of the lucrative production of vanilla in the state of Vera-cruz. Today, women purchase the machine made organdies and lace to create their dainty dresses. The wedding dress is alomst identical to the ceremonial dress. The difference is in the way the quechquemitl (cape) is worn. For a wedding, it is worn over the head.
CommonThreads explores some of the traditional clothing created and worn by indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere and examines the effects that environment, creativity, and colonial influence have had on these unique works of art and expression. One section focuses on Native American costumes; a second section on wedding attire of Mexico and Central America; and a third on the Museum's Directors and items from their personal collections.
One of the most elaborate Apache ceremonies is a young woman's puberty rite that lasts for four days. According to their mythology, it was White Painted Wo-man who taught this important ritual to the Apaches. For the ceremony, a young woman was dressed in garments made of buckskin, painted yellow (the color of sacred pollen). The dress was then decorated with bead-work and fringe that represent the moon, sun, stars, and sun-beams.