Save the Last Dance

Guadalupe pays tribute to Mexican traditions with the finery of folklórico

Likewise, several colorful sequined appliqués popularly referred to as lentejuelas have been put on display without any information as to how they fit into the scope of the exhibit. To me, it's important to know that these glittery patches, one of which depicts an eagle with a snake in its mouth perched on a cactus (the classic symbol of Mexico) and another that portrays Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico's patron saint), are used for more than mere decoration; often they're sewn onto capes and headdresses that are worn in traditional dances.

Costume hall: Now's your last chance to see the 
trappings of Mexico's folkloric traditions on display at 
Guadalupe Town Hall.
Kathleen Vanesian
Costume hall: Now's your last chance to see the trappings of Mexico's folkloric traditions on display at Guadalupe Town Hall.

Perhaps those of Mexican heritage are already familiar with the intricate meanings of these wonderful dances and magical costumes, so no explanation is necessary for them. But for the rest of us who are not heirs to such rich traditions, that kind of information can only enrich our experience of well-crafted folk art pieces that the knowledgeable may take for granted. Even without the additional explication, however, this little show gives us lovers of folk art and tradition a little solace until we can return to Mexico again.

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