Christening Cap

Description
This intricate handmade lace baby cap dates from the turn of the 20th century and was probably worn for a baby's christening. The baptism of newborns is both a religious and a social ceremony, strengthening ties among members of a community. Compadrazgo, the special relationship between parents and godparents, is a valued tradition in Puerto Rico and Latin America.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cap
Date made
late 19th century
Physical Description
linen/cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17 cm x 14 cm; 6 11/16 in x 5 1/2 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
1997.0097.1229
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1229
subject
Daily Life
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Sewing and Knitting
Vidal
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Capa de Bautizo
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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