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Queen Catherine30 May 2014 5:40 p.m. PST

Don't know much about mexican garb except for the movies. Figure that may not be entirely accurate.

Anyone have recommendations for color pics of Mexican textiles from the 1916 era? I know there were lots of interesting poncho patterns and such.

Glengarry530 May 2014 9:40 p.m. PST

Not colour photos but colour plates!


It's a good introduction to the period and I found it a great read on a complex subject.

pigbear Inactive Member31 May 2014 3:21 a.m. PST

How about try Google? I did an image search for "mexican folk costume early 20th century" and came up with plenty.

Queen Catherine31 May 2014 6:22 a.m. PST

lots of the google pics are special occasion clothes. I'm not so interested in Easter and confirmation garb, more in everyday and fighting clothes. I did a search for:
"mexican men peasant clothing images"
and had a lot more luck with the serape and such.
Still looking however.

rdg112515 Aug 2014 10:19 p.m. PST

Here's two links that may help:



Henry Martini16 Aug 2014 6:53 a.m. PST

I think Zapata westerns are a reasonably reliable guide; from what I've seen their research seems to have been quite adequate, so take a look at 'Villa Rides' and others of its ilk.

The costume designer for 'And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself' seems to have gone for a deliberately stylised, drab, washed-out look for the revolutionaries, who consequently mostly seem to be effectively in light khaki.

The rest is just a matter of looking at period photos and applying common sense.

I went with mostly drab shades for my Villistas jackets and trousers: assorted browns, red-browns, tans, greys, grey-browns, blue-greys, and grey-greens, with some understated dark or dull blues and greens, and felt hats in various shades of brown, tan, grey, grey-brown and black, (think Boers with a touch more colour). Shirts, where visible, can be almost any colour, but with white/off-white predominating. Any clothing items, but most commonly shirts and trousers, could be striped, usually vertically.

Zapatistas (peons) are in white/off-white shirts, and trousers mostly in the same range, with some of the latter in tans and grey-browns. Sashes were painted in brighter shades such as red and green.

Straw hats on all types were painted in a range of light khaki/sandy shades dry-brushed with a pale cream shade.

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