Bullfighter costume

China poblana

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

White cotton

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.

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