Mexican Rancheros wearing sombreros by Carl Nebel.

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Mexican Rancheros

The costume depicted here is not exclusively that of the rancheros; every man in town, both in the city and in the countryside, and even those who are wealthy, dress like this when they have to ride a horse or go for a long ride.

There is no doubt that this suit is perfectly adapted to the rider’s comfort: the large sun hat or sombrero, a poncho that covers the back, the chaps that can be adjusted in width at will, the short boots to protect the legs from the water and even the wooden stirrups covered with leather, serve for perfect comfort while riding.

Despite saddle and harness, the horse runs 20 to 25 miles without food, except for a little water.


El traje aquí representado no es exclusivamente el de los Rancheros; todo hombre del pueblo, tanto de la ciudad como del campo, y aún los que tienen proporciones y comodidades, se visten de este modo cuando tienen que montar á caballo para hacer un viage ó paseo largo. No hay duda que este traje está perfectamente calculado para la comodidad del ginete: el sombrero grande para los rayos del sol, la manga ó zarape que cubre las espaldas, las pieles que caen por delante de la silla, y que se desplegan á discreción para preservar las piernas del agua, las botas en fin y hasta los estribos de madera cubiertos de cuero, que caen de una silla comoda (imitación moresca), todo, digo, llena perfectamente su destino. Solo el pobre caballo no debe estar muy contento con tal arnés que pesa por 3 ó 4 avios ingleses. Sin embargo, estos animales andan así de 20 á 25 leguas sin tomar alimento alguno, escepto un poco de agua.

By Carl Nebel 1834.

Note:  Free Mulatto of Lima, Peru. Mulâtresse libre.

Source: Voyage pittoresque et archéologique dans la partie la plus intéressante du Mexique by Carl Nebel. Published 1836.  


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