Panama: Panamanian woman

Front view
Front view

General description Woman wearing a rather simple pollera ensemble, the pollera montuna

Dimensions 20.5 cm x 20 cm x 12 cm

Date when acquired 2000s

Original Date 1990s

Source Bought in Panama by a Panamanian friend of friends (Thomas & Ria W.). They then kindly gifted the doll to me.

 

Body

Plastic doll with movable arms and eyes (though the eyes are stuck). Her black hair is pulled back tightly into a bun at the back of her head. She is standing on a piece of cardboard

 

Back view
Back view

Clothing

She is wearing a pollera, the traditional costume of Panama. The off-the-shoulder blouse (camisola) is made of white cotton with lace around the neckline and the edge of the ruffle. The lace of the neckline is interwoven with blue wool with a pompom of the same wool at the centre of both the front and back of the neck- A gold chain is tied around both pompoms and hangs in front of the ruffle. The wide skirt (enagua)  is made of two bands of material and a ruffle along the hem, all of a yellow cotton printed with red flowers, blue buds and green leaves. Two bands of shiny blue ribbon hang from the waist both at the front and back of the skirt. A long stiff wide white cotton petticoat is worn to give the skirt shape and a short narrow white cotton petticoat is worn under that. The doll is however not wearing the underblouse (tapablazo) typical of this costume.

She has white plastic low shoes with a strap on her feet.

The doll is wearing a wide-brimmed, high-crowned straw hat woven from pale and dark straw (sombrero pintado) woven from pale straw with individual strands of straw tinted black, giving it an interesting pattern. A band of blue ribbon (like that on the skirt) is tied around the crown, with two bands hanging down the back.

 

Accessories

None

 

Background information

This doll is wearing a simple pollera costume designed for day-to-day use. She has, however, an ornate pompom and gold chain decoration on the neckline of her blouse typical of the festive pollera de gala.

See Panama: General information

 

Source(s) of information

See Panama: General information

Condra Jill (2013) Encyclopedia of National dress. Traditional clothing around the world. Volume 1. ISBN 978-0313-37636-8

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