52 Weeks of Life Seen Through My Eyes

Ida's Photo Theme Challenge

12. “Hair” It Is

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The Boquete Flower and Coffee Fair is held every January during the dry season in the little mountain town of Boquete, Panama. It is a time to celebrate the abundance of flowers and excellent coffee that are grown in the area. During the festivities, there is dancing and music and the young girls and boys are given an opportunity to perform. The girls wear lavish traditional costumes called polleras, which are 2-tiered skirts made with yards and yards of fabric in traditional white or vivid colors and blouses adorned with lace and ribbons. Their heads are bedecked with beautiful beaded ornaments known as tembleques which circle the head and are meant to resemble a halo. Their hair is braided and the tembleques are added as a final touch. What a delight it was to watch these beautiful, excited children proudly displaying their gorgeous garb. “Hair” it is!

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9 thoughts on “12. “Hair” It Is

  1. Nice! Great shot to match the theme!

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    • Thanks, Mindy! I really wished I had a zoom lens. The girls were so pretty and full of smiles. There were so many good candid shots I wanted, but needed a zoom. Oh well, it’s all captured in my mind. 🙂

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  2. Your photos are beautiful and I can only imagine how beautiful this is to see in person. How long it must take them to make the tembleques.

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    • They are all individually made flowers which are then attached to hair combs or hairpins. A friend made me 2 pink and white ones on hairpins. The women are so adept at making them that it doesn’t take as much time as one would think. Regardless, they are just lovely, Mary Nell.

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  3. This is very beautiful and I appreciate the background giving us the information about this.

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  4. Perfect for the theme and good to hear the background. Thanks

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