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.

Date Made: late 19th century

Description (Spanish): Este intrincado gorro de bebé de encaje data de principios del siglo XX y es probable que se haya utilizado para el bautismo del niño. La ceremonia de bautismo de los recién nacidos tiene una importancia tanto religiosa como social, dado que permite estrechar vínculos entre los miembros de una comunidad. El Compadrazgo, la relación especial entre padres y padrinos, es una tradición importante en Puerto Rico y América Latina.Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Puerto Rico

Subject: Daily LifeSewing and Knitting

Subject:

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ethnic, Cultures & Communities, Vidal

Exhibition:

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Credit Line: Gift of Teodoro Vidal

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0097.1229Accession Number: 1997.0097Catalog Number: 1997.0097.1229

Object Name: cap

Physical Description: linen/cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 17 cm x 14 cm; 6 11/16 in x 5 1/2 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-1ed1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_602605

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