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Mexican Dress History

We have seen this popular item in many places. In Mexican dances all over whether you have been to Mexico or not, on mexican festive days like Cinco de Mayo or Independence Day, and probably even at some school plays. It is a big player when you hear the popular “Mexican hat dance” known in Mexico as the Jarabe Tapatio. It’s the beautiful dress worn by the female dancer that is full of lively colors, tons of life and it just looks like it’s alive when being moved by the hands of the female. This dress is known as the China Poblana dress. The literal translation for this “Chinese Poblana” and what that does mean? Well Chinese we know is someone that is from china, and Poblana is someone that is from the state of Puebla in Mexico, near Mexico city.

How did this name come together? Well the legend goes that a Spanish conquistador brought from the Philippines a young girl from India who might have been at the service of another Spanish official there. This girl was then kidnapped by Portuguese pirates and taken to India, where she escaped and joined a jesuit mission, and where through them she was able to make it back to the Philippines. There she was turned in back to the Spanish Conquistador who then brought her to Mexico known then as “New Spain”. And her last place was where she was sold to a merchant from Puebla as a slave. You can then now imagine how this China Poblana name came about. With her Indian culture this girl named Mirra carried her dresses with her full jewels, and stuff that shines. From there this dress over time has been changed by Mexican women designed to fit their bodies better and to where they feel more comfortable, comfortable enough to dance.