Geneviéve: Baile Folklorico

For this month’s challenge I wanted to do something off the wall like make a cello dress, but I’m just not that creative when it comes to designing things. So instead, I just went on the spur-of-the-moment and drew the first thing that suggested music to me.

I chose the traditional dress of the Baile Folklorico, which is a dance that I grew up with. The colorful fanning dresses and the beautiful braids and lacy shawls, etc., were common in my childhood and I always loved the sheer variety of colors used in these garments: the bolder the better!

My line work here is a little shaky; I’ve fallen out of practice and desperately need to get back into it. I’m glad I have these monthly themes to keep me going!

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  • RLC

    This is super wonderful. I was once asked to draw Baile Folklorico outfits. Since I didn’t grow up with it and I’m not Latina, I felt really uncomfortable trying. I’m so glad you took it on.

    • thank you!

      and though i totally respect your sensitivity, i wouldn’t be too fussed about having the right “pedigree” to draw something. it’s art, not a manifesto. ; D

      in my opinion, there’s an ocean of difference between rendering something in appreciation vs, appropriating it for something it was never intended–or mere crass commercial gain.

      • RLC

        It was more of an ignorance problem than anything else. Like, I didn’t feel familiar with it to know what I was doing. I feel that way with historical stuff, too. Sometimes, I worry some Viking scholar is going to give me a lecture on how my dwarf broaches are totally wrong.

        • hahaha ~ i wouldn’t put it past one to do so, but that’d be borderline obnoxious on their part! ; D

  • Julie Matthews

    So pretty!! Love this! I also love how all of the music themed outfits went in such different directions!

    • thanks! i agree! i love it when the theme can be broadly interpreted! : D