Colombian Clothing

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Colombia Introduced

Colombia—better known as the Republic of Colombia—originated and founded in 1810 on July 20, the country gaining its independence from Spain 1819. Located in the northern part of South America, Colombia covers about 440,000 people (1.14 million square kilometers) and houses 49,858,248 people and counting. In addition to their landmass, there are four major rivers that Spain uses and contains, seeing as that they have a coast located on the Atlantic and Pacific coast: Magdalena, Cauca, Atrato, and Sinú. he money that they use to buy and purchase their goods is named the peso, and their official language is Spanish.

Styles in Vogue for Folk Culture

There are many indigenous groups in Colombia, one of them being the Amazon. People who are apart of this indigenous group used to usually wear very short coverings that exposed skin. For example, clothing for the men of the Amazon’s consist of a simple tunic and pants tied at waist, while women wear a simple length of cloth wrapped around their body as a dress. In addition for folk clothing clothing, many women wore very traditional dresses that represented their culture: for festivals and weddings, women wore a dress called the traditional Pollera that was used for weddings and festivals, and another traditional dress that was very iconic in Latin America as well as Colombia was usually represented in bright colors to represent nature. Although the world has changed, traditional Colombian men wear white, beige, cream or ecru colored Liqui Liqui which is normally made of linen or cotton cloth.

Folk Culture Being

Many parts of the cultures of Colombia can trace back to the early cultures of Spain in the sixteenth-century, seeing as that Spain is where Colombia originated from. Though the Colombians used to be indigenous, that was sort of destroyed by the Spanish from Spain. Today, only 3.4% of Colombians consider themselves indigenous. Though not many people are indigenous, elements such as food, language, music, and folklore still exist in Colombia today.

styles in vogue for popular culture

Nowadays in the 21st century, Colombians wear western-style clothing, though it is still traditional. There are classes that come into play when it comes to wearing these kinds of clothes: firstly, there are the urbanized folks from the Andean interior who wear nice and conservative dark colored suits, and then secondly, there are farmers and lower class people who usually prefer loose skirts and pants (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Popular Culture Being

Although many things—such as soccer, which is a huge aspect of Colombia and sends positives vibes throughout the country—have diffused from here, there is a widely negative vibe that is reflecting off popular culture by government officials. Such concerns include: terrorism, illegal immigration, poverty, welfare, and the association that is causing narco-trafficking: social prejudice and discrimination.

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