Desfile de las Mil Polleras

As promised (or threatened) I’m going to give you all a tour of our area of Panama and a little beyond.  I’m going to start with Desfile de las Mil Polleras that took place on Saturday, January 12, 2013.  Why?  They were the latest pictures that I downloaded and there were so many pretty dresses on a lovely day in Las Tablas that I thought you all would enjoy them.

This was the Third Annual Parade of a “Thousand Polleras” to take place in Las Tablas.  Las Tablas is about and thirty minute drive from Pedasi and if you’re a regular reader you’ll know that it is where we go to find a few things we can’t find in our little burg.  There actually are apparently 1,000 pollera wearing women that take part in the Las Tablas parade.

Polleras are not just considered a dress but women’s national dress and part of the folk traditions of Panama.  The pollera is said to have developed from the Spanish daily house dress of the seventeenth century that was generally white with a full skirt of two or three ruffles.   The heavy dresses of the upper class at that time were not right for the tropics and the servants clothing was adopted and improved with lace and embroidery.  What was once considered a dress of the lower classes evolved over time to become one of the most beautifully constructed costumes in Latin America.  The provinces of Los Santos (where we live) and Herrera are significant to this custom and craft. Some of the best pollera makers in the country live here.  The dresses are made completely by hand, can take from six to twelve months to make and can cost thousands of dollars.  This does not take into account the real gold jewellery that is used to adorn the dress.   There are also some less fancy dresses that are generally worn with the Sombrero Pintada or the campesino hat, and I think they are actually very cute worn with the Trembleques which are the hair ornaments constructed of wires and beads, that look like artificial flowers.  And besides in the heat, who doesn’t want a hat?  One thing to look for?  Look at the pom poms on the dresses and then at the shoes.


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5 Responses to Desfile de las Mil Polleras

  1. kristc99 says:

    Wow, how beautiful! Thanks for all the great photos

  2. dienerboya says:

    Thanks for your description about pollera… I will talk about it. Soon I will show one of my paints showing a scene of desfile de las mil polleras

    • indacampo says:

      Gracias por leer. !Veo que usted acaba de comenzar un blog y espero tratar de leer a medida que aprendo espaol! !Por favor completar su “sobre” ficha para que todos podamos saber ms de ti!


  3. Pingback: Talk Thursday ~ Las Polleras – Parte 1 | In Da Campo

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