oil on canvas
The Tehuana style headdress has quarky beginnings. When the Spanish came to Mexico bringing clothing made of lace and other items never seen in the americas. The indiginous people got a hold of the European collar and they decided to wear it around the face rather than around the neck. It is uncertain whether this was a stylistic choice or rather lack of knowledge of how it was to be worn. The elaborately stitched dresses are traditional to the women of Tehuantepec also known as "tehuanas," these costumes are worn on special occasions and were popularized in mainstream culture by Frida Kahlo who frequently wore them.