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Escaramuzas charras gets some much deserved attention at the National Cowgirl Museum

escaramuzas charras exhibit at National Cowgirl Museum

Credit Constance Jaeggi

By Araceli Cruz

April 19, 2024

Beyoncé’s recent country album debut, “Cowboy Carter,” may have put country culture on the global map—but for Mexicanas, particularly escaramuzas charras, the ranchera way of life has run deep for over a hundred years.

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From the female soldiers who assisted in the revolt against the oppressive Mexican government during the Mexican Revolution to the modern-day escaramuza charra sport, Latinas on horseback remain an impressive and remarkable sight.

escaramuzas charras exhibit at National Cowgirl Museum

Credit Chad Redmon

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth is hosting a unique exhibition that pays tribute to the storied community of escaramuza charra. The “Soldaderas to Amazonas: Escaramuzas Charras” exhibition celebrates the beautiful sport of escaramuza charra and showcases its vibrant and intricately designed fashion.

The exhibition showcases two captivating galleries: The first gallery is a treasure trove of textiles, Adelita-inspired dresses, sombreros charro, rebozos, boots, and matching tack.

escaramuzas charras exhibit at National Cowgirl Museum

Credit Constance Jaeggi

Each item, from the brightly colored and adorned dresses to the sombreros charro, has its own fascinating ties to history, charrería, and iconic Mexicanas.

The second gallery comprises a series of portraits. The images consider themes of identity, family, and gender within the escaramuza community.

escaramuzas charras exhibit at National Cowgirl Museum

Credit Chad Redmon

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Since the Cowgirl Museum’s inception in 1975, the institution has never exclusively focused on any aspect of charrería, so this show is a big deal. Because of its importance, the museum commissioned photographer Constance Jaeggi, whose work has been internationally exhibited and published. Diana Vela, Ph. D., is the principal investigator, researcher, and curator in collaboration with Jaeggi.

Location:
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame
1720 Gendy St, Fort Worth, TX 76107

 

  • Araceli Cruz

    Araceli is social media manager at The Copper Courier, COURIER DFW's sister site. Her past work has been published in The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Mic, The Cut, Zora, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and others.

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