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Western Wear

Laurel Wilson

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada 2010

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North American Western style is known by some familiar materials and details, including embossed or fringed leather, silver conchos used to prevent leather ties from pulling through leather garments, and patterns woven in bright earth tones or primary colors. These materials and patterns did not rise spontaneously but developed over a five hundred–year period. The history of Western style began in Salamanca, Spain; picked up influences from non-Western frontiersmen such as Davy Crockett and Danie

South American Headwear

Beverly Chico

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Latin America and the Caribbean 2005

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Two basic factors influence clothing and headwear worn by South Americans; one derives from ancient indigenous cultures, and the other from cultural diffusion resulting from the conquest and colonization by the Spanish and Portuguese. Most South Americans today are of mixed racial heritage. The modern urban population usually wears European- or American-style manufactured clothing and headwear. In more isolated areas, characteristic head coverings are still worn, exemplified in three climate regi

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