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What Would Frida Wear?

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Social Studies +4 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

This collection provides students the opportunity to dress artist Frida Kahlo in traditional Mexican garb that she favored, the huipil and the quechquemitl.

Frida Kahlo was born in Coyoacan on July 6, 1907.  Thoughout her life Frida was a fierce nationalist and a vocal socialist. As a reflection of her beliefs, Frida often wore the indigenous clothing of Mexico.  This can be seen both in photographs of her and in her paintings.  Frida completed 143 paintings during her lifetime, 55 of which are self-portraits.  Many of these self-portaits are among her most famous works.  

Most of the costumes Frida wears were hand-woven, as well as hand embroidered and stitched.  The colors and many of the symbols used in her work are clearly influenced by Mexican tradition.

She died in 1954.

Frida Kahlo Doll

Eura Rhod Lauffer

Wedding Huipil

Jannelle Weakly

Mazatec Huipil

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Mixtec Huipil

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Zapotec Huipíl

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Amusgo Huipíl

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Chinantec Huipíl

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Chinantec Huipíl

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Chinantec Huipíl

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Red Skirt

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Wrap Skirt

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