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Polka Dots in Seville… Guest Blogger – Penny Peters

January 31, 2016

La Feria is an annual celebration time in Andalucía that follows Easter every year.  The Fair dates back to 1847 when it was originally organized as a livestock fair that quickly evolved into a social event that has its own particular rituals involving costumes, horses, dancing and socializing in private casitas.  Casitas are individual decorated marquee tents that are temporarily erected for the event.  The waiter at our restaurant told us that the event lasts 24 hours a day for an entire week though most people attend only in evening until the wee hours of the morning.  The favorite activity is to see, and be seen.

Women wear the Traje Gitanas (literally: gypsy costume), the colorful polka-dot dresses that add a swirling character and grace to dance, accessorized with coordinating flower in hair, comb, jewelry, shawl with a long of tassels and fan.  Men wear Traje Corto (court costume) which consists of tight pants and a short jacket with a wide-brimmed hat.

Our obliging waiter had two daughters, and so was expert about the dresses.  Polka dots are traditional, but the colors and patterns change every year which means new dresses every year.  1n 2014 the variation seemed to be polka dots in different sizes on the same garment.  We were able to walk to the fabric shops where fabric and trimmings are sold, and were told that women order custom-made dresses far in advance.  They range in price from 100 euros for ready-made to 1000 euros for designer dresses.  They are amazingly heavy.  It takes 7-9 yards of fabric for one dress, and perhaps 100 yards of trim.  One must learn to manage the heavy ruffles with grace.  What a fun, festive experience!


4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2016 3:59 am

    Wow – now those are some fancy dresses. Thanks for sharing Penny!

  2. Ann Darling permalink
    January 31, 2016 4:42 am

    LOVE the 2 little girls with I’d guess Mumma and grandma … all in pink with white and the shoes on the little girls!!!!! Have heard about this Penny – fun to see.

  3. Penny Peters permalink
    February 1, 2016 4:19 am

    So fun to see all the polka dots!

  4. Barbara Fox permalink
    February 1, 2016 5:05 am

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures. The dots are an interesting choice for the celebration. My favorite is the black dots with red roses. We always love coming upon local celebrations in our travels.

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