Bullfighter´s outfit from the Yucatan Peninsula

China poblana


Ethnic group: Mestizo

Casaca or chaquetilla (jacket), Chaleco (vest), Taleguilla (pants), Yucatan ca. 2012

Each piece is made in satin of electric blue and decorated with black braid. Made in Yucatan, probably Merida, and used by the bullfighter, Curro Ortega. The jacket has indentations from the horn of a bull in a corrida that happened in Popolá, Yucatan.

Shirt, ca. 2019

White cotton long-sleeved, collared shirt with pocket and buttons, factory made.

Tie and Sash, ca. 2019

Red grosgrain ribbon on which has been hand-sewn a small green crucifix.

Muleta, ca. 2012

Short red cape with stick used by torero to guide the bull in the stage of the bullfight that is just before the kill.

Banderillas from the Plaza de Toros, Madrid, ca. 1955

Wood and crepe paper. Donated by Denis Larsen. Model: Angel Teh

CHAT: In the Yucatan Peninsula every town has its patron saint whose feast day is celebrated with a week-long fair that includes building a bull ring and features frequent a daily series of bullfights. Because of this, a torero is able to make a living, traveling from town to town. There are currently two tailors in the area of Merida where they make the torero costume, which holds extra interest as today, in all of Spain, only four tailors remain who do the same. Peninsular bullfights are a fusion of the Spanish and Mayan traditions. In Yucatan a ceiba post is planted in the middle of the bull ring, and often a bull will be tied to the tree, remnants of and earlier prehispanic sacrifice where a deer or other large native animal was involved. While several bulls of several ages and breeds will be used (and reused) in bullfighting in Yucatan, only one will be ¨sacrificed¨ per day or for the run of the festival. The killed bull will be immediately butchered and the meat sold to the public.

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