Imagine hundreds and hundreds of lovely women in skirts so full they can be lifted like wings, wearing beaded floral headpieces that quiver delightfully as they dance in the sun.  The women are like flowers themselves.  This is the Mil Pollera, and last Saturday I had the privilege of watching my friend Soraya prepare her beautiful, twenty-something daughter, Marion, for […]

Dressing for La Mil Polleras

This coming Saturday, January 11, 2014, the Azuero will celebrate Mil Pollera, or One Thousand Polleras.  Nearly every woman in the area who owns a pollera, the exquisite national costume of Panama, will don it and dance in the parade in Las Tablas.  As will their tiny daughters.  And their men. The Mil Pollera is an event the Panamanian government […]

Panamanian Customs: The Mil Polleras

Although I have always appreciated the beauty and spectacle of this lovely costume worn by the women of Panama, until I read this book I have never coveted one of my own.  I did not realize how many styles there are, nor how specific each style is with regard to the hair, jewelry, shoes, shawls and petticoats worn with it. […]

Book Review: The Art of the Pollera