I. (PROJECT!) CREATING THE GAUCHO/SEÑORITA COSTUME:A.The Gaucho Outfit:
You can use the cover/illustrations of On the Pampas as an example or the variety of pictures that are on previous links.1. baggy pants: we use a pair of my husbands old pants and cut them off half way down the shin. We then tucked that into a pair of boots.A.The Señorita Outfit:
2.boots with elaborate spurs: If you live in the west, boots should be no problem! Otherwise, try your thrift stores for great bargains on boots. You could make spurs out of aluminum foil and attach them with a wire or wrap them with nylon thread to the boots.
3.a wide belt of silver or coins: Use an existing leather belt and construct a large buckle face using aluminum foil. Decorate it with coins. They were pretty ornate, so be creative! Refer to the previous Gaucho belt link.
4. a piece of material or leather wrapped from the front waist through the legs and to the back: I don't know what this is called, but that pretty much explains it! You can use chamois (from a hardware store) for soft leather.
5. a woolen poncho: If you can afford to cut up an old wool blanket, this can be achieved by cutting a hole for the head in the middle of a rectangle from the blanket. Allow it to fall to approx. upper thigh length on both front and back. You should be able to find a woolen blanket from an Army/Navy Surplus store that would be less expensive.
6. a flat-brimmed hat: Again, this is something you'd want to search for in thrift stores or possibly in a costume shop. The smaller black cowboy hats seem to have the flatter brims. We just used a wire brimmed costume cowboy hat and reshaped the brim.
7. colorful scarf: This should be easy enough! Raid Mom's drawer! Red was often the color of choice.
8. shirt: Gauchos would often wear a plain white baggy shirt with button cuffs with the outfit.
9. vest: If you choose to, you may go with the vest. They were often dark cloth or leather. Decorate a vest with silver adornments and coins. Craft stores often carry silver looking 'stud' type materials.
Again, use the illustrations in On the Pampas as an example or the variety of pictures that are on previous links. You can shoot for the 'Tango' look (refer to pictures on the links), or the simple Argentine niña. My Mother-in-law shared with me how most girls dressed and that is what we chose.1. the dress/blouse/skirt: a long dress with full skirt ora white blouse with short, puffy sleeves and a full, long skirt, often with a ruffle at the bottom.LINK! Tango Dresses (just a warning-many are quite immodest, however this will give you a feel for the modern Tango dress):
2. The shawl: They would often wear a shawl (sometimes with fringe) draped over their shoulders.
3. A flower for her hair!
4. Shoes: Shoes were often flat and simple.
TYING UP THE LOOSE ENDS:
A. Finish up unfinished projects.
We did not end with a report with this project, although the children interviewed their 'Abuela y Abuelo' and wrote biographies regading thier lives growing up in Argentina and coming to the states with their young family (and my husband who was 3 at the time!). These were then multi-copied and filled with copies of old photos and distributed to all of therelatives. What a great opportunity to share family history!
You could, however, incorporate
written work by having the children write stories about living in Argentina,
whether on an esancia as a gaucho, coming to the country for the first
time, or a variety of ways!
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