Black Cotton with White Polka Dots Fandango Dancer’s Costume
This full-skirted, ruffled dress in the Ethnology Collections of the Museum of TTU was used as a costume for Fandango dancing. Fandango is a form of Flamenco Spanish dance, and is the main folk dance of Portugal. It is traditionally accompanied with guitars, castanets and hand-clapping. Fandango is performed by two dancers (boy and girl, boy and boy, or girl and girl), in which the dancers alternate turns and attempt to out-do the other with more eye-catching feet transitions. This costume is from Barcelona, Spain. A red scarf attaches at the back, and ties around the waist in front. The ankle length skirt is made of 5 layers of ruffles edged in green braid. Underneath a full, red, organdy petticoat is made of four layers of ruffles, trimmed with narrow double ruffles.