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These are just a few trajes. There’s so many different ones. This is not completely representative like at all. cuz just off the bat there’s these and these. I wish I could find better like stuff about trajes. I’m super into learning about how dress varies not just from departamento but by town etc but idk google isn’t much help. x
Regarding the trajes linked to, I always thought they looked oddly Mexican. Like I have this theory, that since Salvadorans don’t preserve their own culture and consume everybody else’s, these trajes were recently considered “trajes tipicos” in El Salvador (like in the 90s) because some Salvadoran fool was in the USA and saw it at a Mexican piñatería or something, and said “hey, we should have those. We don’t have those in El Salvador” and then they just ordered the same style dresses but in different colors, and then sold them as “trajes tipicos” to their compatriots in whatever Salvadoran store in LA or Houston, and bc the Salvadorans buying them didn’t know any better, they thought they were being cute and “representing” but they really weren’t.
Just a theory.
That “theory” or, you know, the reason they look similar is because the past of Mexico and El Salvador is closely related…
People have been wearing these traditional costumes way before the 1990s, way before the war. Go visit some schools in El Salvador and you will at least see some effort in preserving these traditions. We may not be dressed in those outfits for our day to day lives, but that doesn’t mean we all have forgotten our traditions.
On a different note, it’s not that we chose not to preserve our traditions and culture. We were forced to let them go (e.g. Spanish colonization, 1932 peasant massacre, etc.)
(Source: izotecipotx, via tazadecafe)