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.



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


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.





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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