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The Iconic Traditional Dress & Proud Spirit Of Las Mujeres Tehuanas

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The Iconic Traditional Dress & Proud Spirit Of Las Mujeres Tehuanas
Photos by remarkable photographer Diego Huerta, who captures the beauty and spirit of Mexico's indigenous people.

El traje Tehuana is one of the most celebrated and iconic traditional dresses of Mexico.

Las mujeres Tehuanas are Zapotec, "people of the clouds", an indigenous culture of Oaxaca. Specifically, las Tehuanas are a matriarchal society based in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, which means "wild animal hill", a name given to the region by the Aztecs in honor of the fierce Zapotec warriors.

 

 
 
 
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Tehuana women are famously independent. Women exclusively run the local marketplaces, which offer textiles, handmade jewelry, folk art, and even iguana tamales. 

 

 

 
 
 
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Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca. - Resplandor Iguana. - Yes, this is México.

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Traditional Tehuana dress consists of a shirt, called a huipil, a full skirt, and, for special occasions, a large white headdress called a resplandor.

 

 
 
 
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Que la Virgen te creí...!!! #istmo #oaxaca #llorona #hupil #blonda #mexico #retrato #mujeresdemexico #mujer #tehuana #instaistmo #ByN

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The huipil and skirt are known for their vibrant colors and exquisite floral and geometric embroidery.

 

 

Tehuanas wear their hair in braids adorned with ribbons and flowers.

 

 
 
 
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She's my old friend Nisaguie. We've known each other for a lifetime. - Ella es mi vieja amiga Nisaguie. Nos conocemos de toda la vida.

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And the outfit is not complete without an elaborate choker made of coins and gold filigree.

 

 
 
 
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Guelaguetza. Oaxaca, México.

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The most famous Tehuana is Juana Cata, head of Porfirio Díaz's intelligence and his lover of 40 years. 

 

 
 
 
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Traditional Tehuana bride.

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But perhaps the most famous wearer of the Tehuana traje is Frida Kahlo, whose mother was born and raised in Oaxaca.

 

 
 
 
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"Autorretrato". (1948) #FridaKahlo #Art #Painter #Mexico #Legend #Painting #Artist #Instagram

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The stunning style and proud spirit of the Tehuana endures, representative of the vibrancy of Mexico's indigenous roots.

CLICK HERE to check out Diego Huerta's work on Instagram for more amazing photos of Mexico's indigenous people and traditions. 

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