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What to Wear in Mexico



What to Wear in Mexico
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     challenging words:    shawl, generation, traditional, intricate, entire, grande, legend, artwork, material, slave, sombrero, master, duty, expect, likely, slit
     content words:    United States, In Oaxaca


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What to Wear in Mexico
By Jane Runyon
  

1     What kind of clothes would you expect to see people wearing if you were to visit Mexico? You might be disappointed if you are expecting to see anything different from what you wear. People in large Mexican cities dress very much like the people in the United States or Canada. You would have to travel to the smaller, more isolated villages of the country to see traditional clothing.
 
2     This is what you might find village people of Mexico wearing. The men would have plain cotton shirts and trousers. They wear sandals, called huaraches, on their feet. The sun can be very hot in parts of Mexico. The men protect their heads with a large brimmed hat called a sombrero. This hat might be made of felt or more often, straw. If it is cold or rainy, they will wear a poncho. This is a blanket folded in the middle. A slit has been made at the fold for them to stick their heads through. At night, they wear a more colorful wrap called a serape. A serape is sometimes worn across one shoulder during the day.
 
3     The women of the village like to go barefoot. They may also wear sandals. You are likely to see them in blouses with long, full skirts. If they need to cover their heads, they use a fringed shawl called a rebozo. Rebozos pull double duty. Sometimes mothers wrap their babies in a rebozo and then wrap the shawl to their backs.

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