The traditional costume of the charro, the Mexican cowboy.

Traditional Mexican cowboy costume. Huge felt sombrero. Latin american folk dress.

Traditional Mexican cowboy costume.

Traditional Mexican cowboy costume.

The traditional costume of the charro, or Mexican cowboy, consists of a short jacket and tight trousers, which are ornamented with heavy gold or silver embroidery. The huge felt sombrero is banded and laced with gold or silver braid.

Illustration by Jo Bartas

Mexican China Poblana dance costume

Mexican China Poblana dress. Jarabe Tapatío. Mexican folkloric clothing

The China Poblana costume, Mexican Hat Dance.

Mexican China Poblana dance costume.

The China Poblana costume is worn for dancing the Jarabe Tapatío (Mexican Hat Dance), Mexico´s national folk dance.

Illustration by Jo Bartas

The peruvian woman´s headdress

Traditional Peru headdress. Peruan Indian native dress. Latin american costume.

The peruvian woman´s headdress

The peruvian woman´s headdress.

The peruvian woman´s headdress changes from village to village. In some places scarf is worn under the flat, broad brimmed hat, which is made of homespun and trimmed with gold or silver tinsel.

Illustration by Jo Bartas

Ancient Etruscan ceramics. Antefixes.

Antiques. Etruscan ceramics. Antefixes. Campana collections.

Antiques. Etruscan ceramics. Antefixes.

Etruscan ceramics. Antefixes.

Antiques. Céramique Étrusque. Antefixes.

Among the primitive monuments preserved in the Campana collections, the two Antefixes or top-tiles which adorn the peediments, and which bear the attributes of the goddess Io (transformed into a cow by Jupiter), seem to throw a new light not only on the origin of Art, but also on the history of the primitive times of Italy. These monuments might prove the establishment of an Ionian colony in Etruria towards the 8th century B.C., and its fusion with these warlike primitive tribes ( see the head-dresses in the shape of helmets).
These two pieces are not only interesting with respect to their shape, but also to the colors of the primitive Polychromy which are yellow ochre, red brown and black. These colors strike us as being sufficiently indicated by the drawings, which represents objects half the real size.

Arms of the Holy-Empire. German Landsknechte 16th century.

Renaissance military. Arms of the Holy-Empire. German Landsknechte 16th century.

Landsknecht of the time of Charles V., 1500–1558

German Renaissance military. Arms of the Holy-Empire. German Landsknechte 16th century.

Landsknecht of the time of Charles V., 1500–1558

Arms of the Holy-Empire. German Landsknechte 16th century.

These two pieces are drawn from the remarkable volume called the Arms of the Holy-Empire, which was published at Frankfurt on the Mein, in 1545, at Cyriac Jacob´s (infolio).
That book presents a series of 144 wood-cuts representing Landsknechte (lansquenets) of the time of Charles V., in the most picturesque and varied attitudes and costumes. They all hold the standards with the coasts of arms of the imperial towns, and are thrown out by landscape back-grounds. It is useless to call the attention of purr readers on the grand character of these figures.
We shall follow Mr. Bryan´s opinion, who, in his “biographical and critical Dictionary,” attributes the monogram of every plate to the German engraver Jones James Kobel, who flourished towards 1520.

German Costume and Heraldic Art, 16th century.

German Renaissance military dresses. Costume and Heraldic Art.

German Costume and Heraldic Art

German Costume and Heraldic Art, 16th century.

These two plates, interesting for the information given by them on Costume and Heraldic Art, are drawn from a collection of engravings etched on sheet-iron. We are indebted for them to the goldsmith Kaler`s rustic print; they were published in Nuremberg towerds the middle of the 16th century. The Italien-French influence is remarkable by the presence of the doublets and slashed small clothes from the time of the Italian war ( Charles VIII. ) The allusive arms in the shields, similar to those of the crests, recall the names of the two families ( Weiss-Vogel, white bird; Schlüssel, key, feld, field). –  We have interpreted freely these engravings of a barbarous aspect, so as to make them more pleasant to our readers.

Traditional German peasant woman costume from Thuringia

Traditional German peasant woman costume.

Peasant woman from the area of Weimar, Thuringia.

Traditional German peasant woman costume. Woman from the area of Weimar, Thuringia.

Gallery: “Sheets for costume design: historical and folk costumes. Published by Franz Lipperheide, 1876-1887.

Fishermen in folk dresses from Moenchgut, Germany.

Traditional German national costume. Fishermen folk dresses from the island of Rügen.

Fishermen from Moenchgut of the German island of Rügen.

Fishermen from Moenchgut of the German island of Rügen.

Gallery: “Sheets for costume design: historical and folk costumes. Published by Franz Lipperheide, 1876-1887.

Female from Santísima Trinidad de Huancayo, Peru.

Traditional Latin American folk dress. Peru female costume

Santísima Trinidad de Huancayo female from Peru.

Female from Santísima Trinidad de Huancayo, Peru.

The people of Huancayo, in gorgeous rented costumes such as this, annually celebrate the fiesta of their city´s patron saint. Peruvian Indians love fiestas, and many of the traditional costumes worn on such occasions recall the Spanish conquerors costly velvets and rich embroideries of gold or silver thread.

Illustrated by Jo Bartas.

Women with fruits. Venezuela folk dress.

Venezuela traditional female costume. South american folk dress. Jo Bartas.

Women from Venezuela

Women with fruits. Venezuela folk dress.

Women in Venezuela, as in all other Latin american countries, carry great burdens of fruits or vegetables on their heads.

Illustration by Jo Bartas.