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Gala dress for the Chiapaneca from Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas

China poblana

Made by Fesy González of Artesanías Portales

Cultural Group: Mestiza from Chiapas

Donated by Angeles López-Portillo de Stiteler

Blouse and Skirt, 2019

Satin underskirt with five sections and a ruffle around the blouse of hand embroidered tulle using the petatillo technique and high-silk thread

La Chiapaneca

Some say that Chiapaneca's multi-layered hand-embroidered ball gown originated in Chiapa de Corzo, where it was influenced by Spanish styles hundreds of years before. Others say the ensemble was presented to Chiapa de Corzo in the late 1930s by a traveling theater company from Mexico City. Either way, the women walk the streets in this spectacular outfit with its huge flowers embroidered on a black net during the Fiesta Grande in January and accompany the Parachicos on their tours, sometimes dancing with them.

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