Traje de flamenca

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13/04/2015

This dress, commonly known as 'traje de gitana', was the farming outfit for Andalusian women: a percale dress, ending in one or several more or less decorated frills.
They also wore an apron to keep the dress clean while working and a shawl called 'mantoncillo', 'pañolón' or 'mantilla'. Colourful wooden earrings and bracelets completed their outfit, together with a flower fixed to their hair tied up into a bun.
Over the years, as a result of the upper classes filling up the grounds of the Real, women adapted this outfit to their tastes, adding accessories to improve their looks.
The Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 fully establishes the traje de gitana as the official outfit for the Feria de Abril.
It is the most well known traditional dress both inside and outside our borders. Every year, a professional trade fair devoted exclusively to the traje de flamenca, is the showcase for the only traditional dress subject to trends.
Shoes, normally medium-high heeled, are no less important. The outfit is completed by matching accessories: mantoncillo (small flamenco shawl) and a brooch to pin it upon the chest, bracelets, small hair combs, flowers and earrings.
The hair is usually arranged in a low bun and adorned with flowers, either on the side or crowning the head.
No deben faltarle zapatos adecuados, normalmente de medio tacón.El mantoncillo y un broche para sujetar lo, pulseras, peinecillos, las flores y los pendientes todo ello a juego.
El pelo suele ir recogido en moño bajo, con la flor colocada a un lado o coronando la cabeza según gustos.