Spanish Clothing

The Vaquero was a flashy dresser. He was extremely proud of his status amongst his peers. His sombrero (hat) had a low crown and a wide, flat  brim. It was usually made of black felt but oftentimes leather. His trousers were sometimes knee length and sometimes full length and buttoned along the entire outside seam. If they were full length they were left unbuttoned from the knee down to allow for the leather bota de ala (winged boot) wrapped around his lower leg for protection and into which he would thrust a scabbard holding a long dagger.  In place of a belt he wore a tightly tied sash. He wore a fancy waist length jacket that was seldom buttoned. In fact, it was the inspiration for our modern, short, waist length “Levi Jacket”.

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The Vaqueros’ sombrero … in leather.

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Let the Fiesta begin! Notice the white lace Bota de Ala. This would be strictly for a dressup occasion. For everyday wear and for work they would be made of leather. Notice, also, the ivory handled dagger inserted in the top of the bota

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Published on November 8, 2011 at 4:14 am  Comments Off on Spanish Clothing  
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