Traje Charrito de Etiqueta
Although the popular refrain says the charro dresses in leather, because it’s the toughest material, this cultural symbol has inspired a true art form when it comes to his apparel and the innumerable objects the charro uses to practice la charreria, which reflect both the legacy of time as well as a very special mentality.
In Colonial times, for example, the charro began to adorn his garments with suede or other materials with silver buttons, which until today continue to be made with extraordinary taste by Mexican silversmiths and reminds us the baroque spirit of the man on horseback in Mexico.
The charro attire is made up of different types of garments that are classified into categories: work, semi-gala, gala and formal, depending upon the activity or event they are needed for (curiously enough, it was Emperor Maximilian who instituted the use of the formal charro suit), but all consist of trousers and a jacket (of plain cloth or suede, plain or with suede decorations or silver buttons) and a cotton shirt (the pachuqueña being the most popular).
Their attire is complemented with hats of rice or wheat straw, or of rabbit hair artistically embroidered with silks or gold and silver thread, and decorated with small plates of silver, leather, bone or suede. Women use the Adelita dress, the charra suit or the china poblana outfit, the latter with over three hundred years of history and legend, reserved for great occasions.