The San Leandro Public Library is partnering with the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno in order to present “Trajes Regionales de Mexico” (Regional Costumes of Mexico), a breathtaking exhibit showcasing a collection of costumes from the Oakland-based Ballet Folklorico Mexicano.
The costumes will be on display at the San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., from Feb. 13 through May 16 during regular library hours.
The exhibit explores the central role of regional dress – from the glamorous to the very subtle – in Mexican folk-dance, music and costuming.
The public also is invited to attend the opening of “Trajes Regionales de Mexico” on Friday, Feb. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. in the atrium of the San Leandro Public Library.
Artistic Director and Choreographer for Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, Carlos Moreno will open the exhibit with a demonstration of dances and a discussion of the display, which bring together costumes from the regions of Mexico.
“Trajes Regionales de Mexico” showcases 20 costumes including the world famous huipil (“gala”), a richly embroidered dress from the region of Oaxaca, home of the Zapotec and Mixtec; a charrot suit with a wide sombrero trimmed in silver from Jalisco, the land of the Charros and Mariachi; and costumes from Veracruz.
Carlos Moreno will discuss regional influences, details and history of the costumes, such as the men’s’ “Guayabera” of Cuban origin, which was named for having pockets big enough to hold more than one guava fruit.
The exhibit and opening event are free to the public. For information, contact Addie Silveira at (510) 577-3991 or [email protected]