Disfraz de Carnaval

Description
This homemade costume was made for the Ponce carnival. It has a cape attached at the neck made from the same black and red striped fabric (black and red are the colors of the city of Ponce). Carnival participants who wear costumes like this one, in addition to a mask, and other carnival accoutrements like matching shoes, canes, and gloves, are called vejigantes. Vejigantes are famous for playfully swatting at carnival-goers with a vejiga, a dried, inflated bladder. When a real animal bladder in not available, an empty water bottle is an acceptable substitute.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
costume
Date made
ca 1980
Physical Description
textile; cotton; metal (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 160 cm x 152 cm; x 63 in x 59 13/16 in
place made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
1997.0097.0047
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.0047
subject
Carnivals
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Costume
Vidal
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Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
Carnival Costume
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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