Ethnic Group: Mestizo
Jacket, Vest, Taleguilla (pants), Yucatan, ca. 2012
Each piece in electric blue silk and decorated with jet beading and cording. Made in Yucatan
and used by the bullfighter Curro Ortega. The jacket has marks of the bull's horn that
occurred in Popolá.
Shirt, ca. 2019
Neck tie and Sash, ca. 2019
Red grosgrain ribbon
Muleta Cape, ca. 2012
Red canvas fabric with wooden stick
Banderillas of the Plaza de Toros, Madrid, 1955
Donated by Denis Larsen
In the Yucatan Peninsula, each town has its patron saint, whose fiesta is celebrated with a
week-long fair that includes the construction of a temporary bull ring and presents a daily
series of bullfights. Because of this, a bullfighter can work regularly in the region, traveling
from town to town.
Currently there are two tailors in the Merida area where they make bullfighter clothes, which
is of special interest since as in all of Spain, there are only four tailors left who do the same.
Bullfights in the Yucatan Peninsula are a fusion of Spanish and Mayan traditions. In the
Yucatan, a ceiba tree is placed in the middle of the bullring. Often a bull is tied to the tree,
remnants of the pre-Hispanic sacrifice in which a deer or other large native animal was
involved. Although several bulls of various ages and breeds will be used (and reused) in
bullfights in Yucatan, only one will be "euthanized" per day or for the performance of the
festival. The dead bull will be slaughtered immediately and the meat will be sold to the
In 2019 the state of Quintana Roo bullfighting was prohibited as part of the Animal Protection
and Welfare Law.