With its origins in both India and the Philippines, the colorful couture of the ‘China Poblana’ has a long and rich history in Mexico. The iconic fashion design, a unique ensemble which includes a white blouse with silk embroidery, a sequined skirt with nationalistic symbols, a white slip, a scarf, a rebozo and in some instances a sombrero, can be traced back to Catarina de San Juan, a young Indian princess who was sold into servitude and came to the New World in 1620 via Manila and Acapulco's trade route. The integration of Catarina de San Juan's exotic style combined with local traditions that had been handed down from one generation to the next came to be known as 'La China Poblana', or the 'Chinese Pueblan'.
The China Poblana sombrero offered here, a quintessential example with all the bells and whistles, was made by the Tardan Company in the second quarter of the 20th century.. Metallic threads are elaborately brocaded over felted wool in both silver and gold with a natural verdigris patina. The crown features a Mexican eagle and serpent perched atop a prickly pear cactus, trailing vines, raised blossoms and two sets of hand brocaded and interlocking owner's initials. The interior is silk lined with original leather sweat band.
Raised on a high quality custom made stand.
Dimensions: overall height on stand is 25 inches. Sombrero measures 18 inches diameter.
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