Clothes Keeping Tradition

Doña Maria Esther Zuno de Echeverria (1924-1999) was so concerned about the increasing custom in the 1970s of Mexicans to forego, and therefore to possibly forget traditional clothing, that she commissioned artisans to clothe dolls wearing traditional clothing from all the regions of Mexico. These artists created clothes worn for special occasions such as ceremonial dances as well as the clothes traditionally worn for every day.

The Museum of the Revolution (MUREF) here in Juarez has just opened a display of these dolls in a show called Vestidos de Tradición Por Amor à México.

Filling the main floor of the museum the glass cases show the wide diversity of clothing worn with an explanation of when the clothes were worn, and the and how the clothes for the individual maniquíns were made whether by hand or by machine.

Fascinating display which runs through September 22. – david Sokolec

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