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Cholitas of La Paz.

June 13th 2014
They are everywhere in La Paz. Bowler-hatted women with wide layered skirts and yards of petticoats. A strange look. A fashion adopted from the colonists who used their own Spanish style to separate themselves from the indigenous. But the Aymara took it, and made it their own, and centuries after the Spanish left, flounced skirts (known as a pollera) and fringed shawls continue to be 'de riguer' a ... read more
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Bolivian Flag Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and counter-coups. Comparatively democratic civilian rule was established in 1... ... read more
15th June 2014

A new fashion trend?
So, you weren't tempted to take back a bowler hat and a few polleras to impress your friends back in A'dam? Big hips, heavy calves--oh, Europe is just waiting for its next new style! Love the colors and embroidery of the shawls here--I can imagine they'd be pricey. How great that some of the indigenous women have the money to be such colorful, fashion plates! Fun blog!
16th June 2014

Tara, we've just reached Cusco and I'm blown away by the hats and clothes here - stupendous. Today we chanced upon a festival in Raqchi, - much scope for my collection of hat photos!

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