Although this year is being very unusual, September is normally the month par excellence in which the people of Lanzarote show off their best traditional clothes. The reason is none other than to go to the pilgrimage in honour of the patron saint of the island, the Virgin of Los Dolores, which takes place these days.

Coinciding with this popular celebration, that this year has been canceled due to the health crisis, today in our blog we analyse the typical costumes of Lanzarote, and of the rest of the islands as well.

Lanzarote:

The traditional female costume of this island is one of the most unique dresses. It is characterized by the use of a semicircular headdress of fine canvas, and on it a palm leaf hat. In the torso they wore a linen shirt and a jerkin or corset. The skirt used to be stripped and multicolored. Sometimes they also wore an apron, which made the clothes even more colorful. 

Regarding the men’s clothing consists of a short and tight black silk vest with wooden buttons. The shorts are made of white cotton with hemstitches, which are fitted with a woolen sash. As accessories, they wore a felt hat and a scarf to cover their necks. 

 

Fuerteventura:

The “majoreras” (women from Fuerteventura), wore a top felt hat. The jerkin was black, just like the striped skirt made of wool, which was combined with shades of beige. The men wore a linen shirt with a waistcoat, adorned with stitched patterns on the back. In winter they also had brown or black leggings

Gran Canaria:

In this island the woman used preferably a felt hat, in addition to a large mantilla of different colors. The shirts were usually made of silk, covered by a jerkin or doublet, and the petticoat was made of wool. 

The men here wore a canvas shirt with reinforcement on the shoulder pads. One of its distinctive characteristics was the use of a “camisuela”, a kind of cape at the back, which was used as a coat.   

 

 

 

Tenerife:

The most representative garment of the peasant woman here is a small palm hat. Its cylindrical is lined with velvet, except at the top. They also wore a white kerchief over a mantilla, a linen shirt with a jerkin and a striped petticoat of different colors. 

The peasant men were characterized by the use of a large blanket or cape that protected them from the cold. This accessory was introduced by the english people and was normally white with blue stripes. 

La Palma:

The women from La Palma were distinguished by wearing a silk cap in the purest medieval style that wrapped their face. Shirts and skirts were decorated with cross-stitch embroidery. The vegetable fiber hat or felt hat complemented the costume.   

The men wore woolen hats with ruffles. For the festivities, they used shirts with decorated morning suits and a jacket as a coat.

 

 

 

La Gomera: 

Palm hat with yellow scarf, mantilla and linen shirt are the main garments that charactherized the clothing of the woman from La Gomera. 

The man wore a short jacket and black trousers, with a linen shirt and underwear. At the waist they put on a sash and leggings to cover his legs. 

El Hierro:

The traditional female costume in El Hierro is easily identified by the presence of oversleeves, which covered the arm and part of the forearm. Her head was covered with a cotton scarf and a straw hat. 

The male peasants wore hats dropped to one side as well as waistcoats of blue, black and red tones, which combined very well with leggings in similar colors.  

       

     

 

As you can see, the Canary Islands is a land of diversity, also in the typical clothing and, although the costumes of some islands and others are similar, the variety of colors, fabrics and embroideries, make unique each dress. At present, parties, popular celebrations, or folklore groups keep alive this textile tradition, as we can still enjoy these unique outfits.  

 

Photos:

  • masscultura.com
  • laprovincia.es
  • tiempodecanarias.com
  • canariasdiario.com
  • tenerifeartesania.es
  • elfolkloreyelmundo.blogspot.com
  • elsastre72.blogspot.com

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