Clothing In American Clothing

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BASTING OF CULTURES There are many elements that make up the Mexican costumes: on one hand, the heritage of indigenous groups, which are 62 different2, most of them living in the centre and south of the country, on the other hand, the influence of the Spaniards. Before the Colony, the female clothing consisted of a huipil, a girdle and an enredo (or “skirt waistband”). The arrival of the Spanish in America brought the blouses, skirts and hoods. The huipil is a garment used by the indigenous people of several Mexican regions, including the states of Chiapas, Puebla and Jalisco. Its name comes from the Nahuatl huipilli (blouse or embellished dress), and usually consists of one or more canvases of cloth layers that give rise to a rectangular cloth stitched in the sides and with an opening to introduce the head. These typical garments are usually worn by women, but are also included in the men’s clothing. Some are specially created for important ritual and religious use, as the huipiles used by the Mazatecos ethnic group. These consist of three pieces of white linen cloth, decorated with drawings that are full of symbolism: the eagle with two heads and the xicalcoliuhqui (snake), both prehispanic motifs. A piece subsequent to the arrival of the Spaniards and representative of México is the rebozo, which is manufactured using wool, cotton or silk, and it has multiple uses: it serves as a shawl and scarf, and is used to carry the children. This garment is deeply rooted in

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