I have a few more photos to post and then I’m finished with the Desfile de las Mil Polleras for this year.
I’ve chosen to sort the pictures by the different styles, so I can show how diverse they are. But first, a couple more of my favourites from the day, how can you not love that face? I wanted to pick her up and take her home.Or this little one?One gets hungry carrying all that bling around. Meat on a stick anyone? El compañero just finished a chicken burger.
So now on to the outfits. I’m always partial to the Pollera Montuna with a Sombrero Campesino and tembleques. If I were to get myself a pollera, this would be my number one choice, but with the plain white cotton blusa/Basquiña. This was my favourite of the day, simple braids and a hat to keep the sun off and no combs poking the head:
I really liked this sassy lass. She carried of the look with style:This mom and daughter were very pretty.
I loved, loved, loved this one. She was just getting something from the food vendor. Notice the big pile of rice…This little girl and her mom kept going to the end and looping back in front of us with the other participants. This is a traditional Pollera Montuna, with the white Basquiña and red skirt. She’s also got the choker on a black velvet ribbon. This is a Pollera Congo, more commonly seen around Colon and Portobello. And here’s another example, notice the flowers in the hair instead of tembleques.Pollera Blanca, worn for wedding, quinceaneras (15th birthdays for girls) and holidays. Another sample of a Pollera Blanca with the more Traditional Pollera Gala. This is a pollera that isn’t seen much, the Pollera Tireada. It’s similar to the Pollera Blanca but lines in red or blue are embroidered into it. I really liked this Pollera Montuna because of the blusa. In the background notice the stripes of the Pollera Tireanda.
These are Polleras Veraguenses. The headpieces were very different and the dresses were a peach color. I was trying to capture this woman and her young compañero made her turn around and pose for me.
And a closer look at the tembleques which were a bit different.
And of course the Pollera Gala or Pollera de Lujo or Luxury Pollera. The most expensive and time consuming to make, white fabric with different colored, embroidered stitches and with braid and lace. And some odds and ends. Some odds like Umbrella Man:
And Too Cool for School:
And a very enthusiastic drummer who wanted to make sure I got him digitized: And a shot of the crowd while it was still light out. Notice our Little Drummer Girl once again, this was up the street from where we were: And for this float it was “The End”by the time it got to us everyone had gotten off. And not long after so were we before it got dark… in the campo.