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National Dress of Panama: La Pollera

Laurie Harris and Tasha Lewis

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

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The national dress of Panama, called la pollera, is a strong symbol of Panamanian identity, with its unique artisanship, which is most beautifully displayed during holiday processions and folkloric dance performances, and by brides on their wedding day. This primarily hand-sewn costume consists of full gathered skirts, petticoats, and ruffled blouses, all decorated with laborious elements such as embroidery, appliqué (technique where one fabric is sewn onto the surface of another fabric to create

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