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1941, 16"h. x 13"w. 
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  Tarascans of the State of Michoacán
     
  The Tarascan Indians dwell in a large portion of the state of Michoacán and a small southern portion of the state of Guanajuato. The lake country is noted for lacquer work, for aboriginal terra cotta figurines, for dances such as Los Moros, Los Viejitos and Los Canacuas and for its regional textiles.

Plate 11 shows a typical costume of the village of Patzcuaro near the beautiful lake of the same name. The general aspect of this dress is quite majestic, requiring not only grace on the part of the wearer but strength to carry the weight of the remarkable skirts with their heavy folds at the back. These skirts measuring over six yards around are held in place by a narrow ceñidor at times worn double and in varying breadths. The skirt is made of dark colored wool woven on the vertical loom. With it are worn an underskirt of white cotton with corresponding pleats, a blouse and a rebozo.

The blouse which is in most instances white is sometimes cross-stitched with stylized flowers and animals in shades of red, blue and green. Often again the decorations are in but one color, of which rose is most common. The rebozo, a product of the region, differs little in design from its counterpart elsewhere in Mexico. Michoacán favors blue rebozos with vertical white stripes, worn over the head with the ends hanging straight down.

The Tarascan Indians adorn themselves with neck- laces of multicolored glass beads strung on colored ribbons. They sometimes wear black shoes but more often go about barefooted.

Carlos Merida

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