Origen the Typical Costume of La Orotava
The typical dress of La Orotava was created in the forties (40´s) of the XIX century. It was fabricated in Icod el Alto, because on the outskirts more looms, being the rest of the embroidery dress, thread work and madre in the Monteverde House. Nowadays it has been converted in a symbolic dress, not only in La Orotava and its area, if not also of all of the Island of Tenerife.
The dress of the Monteverde family was a different one of the time, as they choose to modify it, taking away some garments and adding others. Among them was eliminated the hood and headcart, and added the “remanga”, the apron and the buttoned boots and the transform the hat, the jerkin, the shirt, the skirt and the cape.
By consecuences of these changes, the new dress was more expensive and therefore, in reach of only the richer people of La Orotava. Given that the majority of the population used typical costumes more economical, resulted fundamental to return to make various changes in the dress, and then , was produced the boom and expansion of all of the modifications which had the dress from its beginings.
The typical costume of La Orotava is known commonly as “the red dress” being the tone most abundant and striking in itself, to differentiate it from the typical costume of Santa Cruz which is “the black dress”.
Garment of the Typical Costume of La Orotava
The garments that make up the original dress for women and girls are the following. They appear in order in which women or girls ought to place for its correct termination.
- Blouse. The blouse is white and og fine oolton. Although it can also be of linen but itt is a material more expensive because it is worked by hand. The blouse is trimmed with red ribbons in the neck, and in the sleeves, which have to be short above the elbows. It is important the thread work by han in the sleeves.
- Underskirt. this skirt is of red colour and goes below the petticoat.
- Petticoat. Is of a white colour and the bottom is strimmed with red ribbons and the strips are of crochet or embroidered.
- Skirt. The skirt is coloured stripes with the bottom strimmed with yellow tape. It usually goes drawn up on the left side leaving the shite petticoat beneath to be seen. The cloth is of wool.
- Apron. Is white with thread work adornments in red and ribbons of the same colour. The strip has match the petticoat.
- Tassels. Are woollen balls which are used to lift up the skirt. These are seven of different colours, one for each island of our Archipelago.
- Jerkin. Is a form of top tight to the body over the blouse. Normally embroidered in colours with ears of corn, poppies and “caldos”. This top ajusts with some cords in the front.
- Boots. The boots have to be of skin of a beige colour with some buttons on one side.
- Cape. The cape is worn on the right shoulder. This cape is of a green colour is finished trimmed with yellow tape.
- Headscarf. The headscarf can be cotton or of satin. It is placed on the head and of a yellow colour.
- Hat. it can be of Palm leaf (handicraft) or of straw (industrial).
In the Casa del Turista in front of the House of Balconies you can find the Boutique del mago, a newspace dedicated to the sale of typical costumes being artisan , made by hand by experts craftsmen of the villa, like industrial which are much more economical.
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