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The Dressing of an Empollerada (Part III)


[Different types of tembleques]

Different types of tembleques


[A tembleque being fixed in head of the empollerada]

A tembleque being fixed in head of the empollerada


[Last touches to the tembleques array. The empollerada uses a fan for comfort, since this can be a long process.]

Last touches to the tembleques array. The empollerada uses a fan for comfort, since this can be a long process.


[The empollerada just before wearing the main skirt.]

The empollerada just before wearing the main skirt.


[The whole family helps in the dressing. Here we see a grand grandmother and her grand grandaughter.]

The whole family helps in the dressing. Here we see a grand grandmother and her grand grandaughter.


[One of our beautiful empolleradas fully dressed and ready for her event.]

One of our beautiful empolleradas fully dressed and ready for her event.


By:

Tamara Ponce
2007-09-10

In addition to the jewells, the pollera requires items known as tembleques. They are small, decorative, objects that are placed in the hair of the empollerada woman.

Tembleques are supposed to simulate flowers. The ones worn with the deluxe polleras must be all white. In the cases of the working polleras, they could of different colors and, in some regions of Panama, natural flowers replace the tembleques worn with working polleras.

The shoes of the empollerada must be of the same color as the strings and balls of wool worn in the blouse. They freature laces and a golden buckles. The soles are flat.

The last item that is put on during the dressing process is the skirt. The skirt is the most visual part of the pollera and gives its name to the dress. In addition to this, the empollerada carries accessories such as a scarf and a hand fan.

Here we end this series about the pollera. We hope it has been educational and interesting for our readers.


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