Thetraditional Mexican sandalfound a resurgence in the early th century, when it was made popular and frequently crafted in poor communities from rubber tires and cloth. In modern times, Huarache sandals are still handmade in parts of Mexico, but come at high prices reaching upwards of USD due to the expensive leathers required. Some companies have brought the Huarache into mainstream settings adapted for the average consumer, and as a result, it has been widely adopted.
Many of the designs marketed towards tourists not only have multiple s but also designs resembling those ofMayan cultures, likely because most of the Serapes sold are handwoven by local Mayan milies.
Even though the Baja Jacket was made popular in the United States, its roots trace back to Mexican clothing where they were initiallyhand wovenin the early th century and earlier. Similar in to Serapes, Baja Jackets come in striped and intricate patterns. They include softer reds, greens, and grays, made from wool, cotton, or polyester.
Aztecclothing of ancient times was oftenloose fitting and ful. The array of s was due in part to the extensive trading network. While in their teens, Aztec women were taught to weave by hand, and primarily used cotton or ayate fiber.
These ornate tunics aretraditional garmentsthat date back to the indigenous women of central Mexico and Central America. It is not uncommon to find a Huipil adorned with ribbons, lace, and other intricate designs.
Most common in thelate s, the China Poblana was a combination of a skirt, shawl and blouse meant to flatter a womans feminine features. The China Poblana gets its name from Puebla, a country in Mexico, where the of Mexican clothing emerged. However, the inclusion of China in the term is still disputed.
Charro shoes can trace their origins to members of the Mexican upperclass who pioneered the lowcut boots. In modern times, however, Charros arent exclusive to Mexican nobility; rather they are seen most often in rodeos and horseback tournaments, worn with ful clothing.
Traditional Mexican clothingcombines native and European elements. The fibers of choice across the country are cotton, bark and agave which were known and used by native Mexican preHispanic civilizations to make their clothes, as well as wool and silk introduced by the Spanish later.
In the gray area between shawl, blanket, and poncho youll find the Serape. Originally worn byrmers and shepherdsin highland regions of the country, the Serape was woven with bleak browns and grays from wool or fleece. However, with a growing market of tourists in recent years, Serapes come in a variety of brightly ed materials.
A form ofmilitary armor, this Mesoamerican garment was comprised of multiple layers of thick braided cotton, usually made stronger with brine. An effective Ichcahuipilli would slow and stop arrows.
Despite their gimmicky title, Mexican Pointy Boots, also known asTribal Boots, are a popular addition to the traditional and party wardrobes of many Mexican men. Most of these boots find a home amongst comedy sketches and nightclubs; Pointy Boots arent all that common at the workplace. With good reason too, these boots can reach upwards of three feet in length.
Although most Ponchos today are practical in function, more expensive manucturers have gone the route of creatingshionable statementsthrough elaborate and unique designs.
The Rebozo is the modern take on theTilmtli, an ancient Aztec cloak. Much more reserved than its ancient counterpart, the Rebozo, unlike the Tilmtli, it is to be worn over clothing rather than on its own. What makes this item so unique is that it functions as a number of different garments. Simply by tying, folding, or orienting it in a different way, a Rebozo can act as a shawl, blouse, shroud, or a cape if desired.
Due to their popularity, Baja Jackets are likely one of the mostcost effectivepieces of Mexican clothing for purchase. It would be challenging to turn down a jacket of the handmade surf variety, priced as low as USD.
In the past, Mexican clothing was dyed with natural components found in local plants, but as soon asaniline dyeswere brought from Europe they became the first dying choice.
Just like any other developed country, modern Mexican dress has similarities to popular s and garments worn around the world today. However, the deep cultural roots in Mexico uncover unique traditional outfits found nowhere else.
Another iconic piece of clothing with origins in Central and South America is the Poncho. Use of the Poncho dates as r back as B.C., before Spanish colonization. Initially designed out of materials such as wool or fleece, Ponchos were intended to keep the wearer warm and dry even in the wettest of climates. Their exceptional effectiveness at this task led to a cheap plastic adaptation as they have quickly become a must in wetter climates.
Perhaps one of the best known pieces of traditional Mexican clothing is the Sombrero. It is atall and widebrimmed hatdesigned to shade one from the harmful rays of the sun. Traditionally reserved for cowboys vaqueros and mariachis, Sombreros are now worn by many and have influenced a variety of hats, from baseball caps to beanies.
Made popular by theCalifornian hippie/surf subculture, the Baja Jacket represents a banner to fly under for surfers everywhere.
The name of the dress is not the only thing about it to drawcontroversy. During its introduction, many women in the upper class were scandalously labeled because the Poblana was considered too provocative for traditional clothing at the time.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are Charros, the Tribal Boots reserved cousin. Charro Boots are a more traditional of boots, and resemble stereotypical cowboy boots, but are usually less ornate and around half as tall.
A sandal that found its genesis and grew in the earlytribal groupsof Mexico, even before the colonization of Europeans, is the Huarache. Initially a leatherwoven sandal, it could be found throughout Southern Mexico, but then gave way to more protective footwear.