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Mexican Traditional Dress Guide

A Mexican traditional dress is one which has origins in Mexican culture and traditions.

There are years of tradition and cultural influence in the making. They are characterized for being special and unique garments, with designs according to the region they come from.

They can be embroidered with indigenous influence, a typical regional dress, folkloric dress or pre-Hispanic.  Find here a gallery and some information about each of these.

Mexican Embroidered Dresses

There are different indigenous communities in Mexico that make Mexican embroidered dresses.

Their simple design makes it especially popular during the summer and in warm climates. They are loose flowing, made of natural fibers, usually cotton, and embroidered with vibrant thread and beads with designs of flowers, animals, abstract figures or Mexican symbols. They are handcrafted with traditional methods which is the reason they are appreciated by people all around the world who prefer the beauty of an authentic garment.

Mexican embroidered dresses are an excellent portrait of Mexican culture. We are lucky to have an awesome variety of Mexican embroidered dress styles.

Mexican Embroidered dresses have always been used as every day wear, not necessarily as an outfit for celebrations.

Mexican Regional Dresses

Another kind of Mexican traditional dress is the regional dress.  Some of the Mexican Regional dresses are folkloric and a true piece of art.

Today versions of the typical regional dress are popular during celebrations in the US such as Cinco de Mayo, Mexican independence (Septemer 16th) or Day of the Death. You can also appreciate these popular dresses when watching typical folkloric Mexican dances.

Some examples are the Jalisco, Chiapas, and Tabasco typical dresses or the China Poblana dress.

Stamped flowers Chontal Tabasco regional dressTabasco Traditional Dress

Mexican Pre-Hispanic Dresses

Pre-Hispanic Mexican Dresses are dresses which have kept their indigenous cultural essence almost untouched.  In other words, that the Spanish colonization had little influence in the style.  

We have found Aztec outfits and Mayan dresses to be within them.

If you know of other Pre-Hispanic clothing that fits this definition please comment at the bottom of the page and we will be happy to research and add them to our page.

Mexican Traditional Dress Today

Traditional embroidered Mexican dresses have been re-invented and used as inspiration to create designs of modern Mexican fashion.

These new designs for the "actual women" use traditional techniques applied to modern textures following global trends like season colors, lengths and patterns.

We can find women wearing Mexican dresses and giving a traditional and modern style to their clothing using them for casual gathers and also formal business meetings.

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