Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Spain - Flamenco (2)

Typical Andalusian flamenco costumes.

Sent by Anna, a postcrosser from Costa del Sol in Spain.

The roots of the flamenco dress can be traced to Andalusian women who accompanied livestock traders to livestock fairs in Seville. Andalusia is a region in southern Spain where gypsies (flamencos) lived.

Flamenco is their traditional song and dance, and the costume reflects that culture. Since the dance became part of the mainstream in the early 19th century, the dress has evolved, but the Andalusian influence remained.(Read more)

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