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Photograph by ©Omar Upegui R.

This cute porcelain doll named Rita, is attired with one of the most popular traditional dresses in Panama used during the Month of the Motherland—November of each year.  During this month Panama celebrates several holidays related to her independence from Spain and its separation from Colombia.

The name of this typical dress is the “Montuno“.  The image above depicts the “Montuno Ocueño” mainly worn by women from the provinces of Los Santos and Herrera.

El montuno ocueño is a casual traditional dress worn by women in the town of Ocú.  It is composed of a laced blouse, three-layered skirt with white lines in each division.  This national dress is also accompanied by other accessories such as a white straw hat (sombrero pintao) decorated with natural flowers, earrings, beaded necklaces, and a shawl.  The truly national dress of Panama is the “pollera“, but that’s a story for another time.

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