Pava

Description
The pava is the traditional hat used by sugar cane cutters, coffee pickers, and other agricultural workers. It is emblematic of the jíbaro (a Puerto Rican from the countryside) and the rustic traditions of the island's folkways. The pava is so closely associated with the notion of authentic Puerto Rican culture that when Luis Muñoz Marín founded the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) in 1938, the party adopted the pava, as its symbol.
Description (Spanish)
La pava es el sombrero tradicional que usan los trabajadores del campo, tales como los cortadores de caña o los recolectores de café. Es emblemático de los jíbaros (puertorriqueños del campo) y de las costumbres rústicas de la isla. Se relaciona tan estrechamente con la cultura puertorriqueña que cuando Luis Muñoz Marín fundó el Partido Demócrata Popular (PDP) en 1938 el partido adoptó la pava como símbolo.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
hat
Date made
20th century
Physical Description
plant fiber (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 22.5 cm x 62 cm; 8 7/8 in x 24 7/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
1997.0097.1036.002
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1036.002
subject
Daily Life
Puerto Rico
Costume
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
Pava
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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