Why Do Mexican Women Sew Their Own Dresses?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is it true they're uninhibited?

DEAR MEXICAN: I am an Anglo intruder in New Mexico. When I moved to Albuquerque from Virginia, I fell in love with Mexican culture. I was impressed by what I called "Southwestern hospitality." I have had so many second dinners when I go to people's homes that I gained a few pounds within the first few months. To me, the words "laidback" or "easygoing" describe perfectly the people I've met here. My question has to do with being laidback. My family (white people from the East Coast) are rather neurotic types who complain easily, and I am glad to have moved to a place where survival matters more than mere appearances. But, as I have read a little about the history of the women in this state, I have come to appreciate that they had a role, sometimes bigger than the males, in making this state what it is today. They were ranch owners, healers and keepers of the faith. They also had a lot of freedom that today's women may envy.

What I want to know is, how come Mexican women are so comfortable with their bodies? What makes white women so uptight? I think one of the reasons for New Mexican women's uninhibited nature is the fact that it was women who ran things and delivered babies, and they only had one another to talk to and seek help from. So, it translated to women who now are untrammeled by silly hang-ups, and they have more natural beauty, both inside and out, than women elsewhere. Am I reading too much into things? Am I just another gringo who said the wrong thing? What do you think?

Curious In Albuquerque

DEAR GABACHO: You're a modern-day Charles Fletcher Lummis, you are! Short response: mujeres no son that uninhibited—check out usage rates of tampons versus maxi pads between mexicanas and gabachas. Long response: Catholicism.

 

DEAR MEXICAN: My wife is a gabacha, and she frequently asks me why hefty, older Mexican women seem to wear crudely sewn printed bedsheets for dresses. Having slept with a plain blanket next to my brother and visiting relatives in the living room for much of my youth, I can't really tell the difference between a print floral dress and a printed bedsheet. So is it true? Does la comadre Concha have to make a tent dress out of flower-print bedsheets bought at the 99¢ Only store because dresses from Wal-Mart will not fit her?

Mexican Dormilón

DEAR SLEEPY WAB: Tell your esposa gabacha to stop hating and save your ass some cash by making like all good Mexi women and start to coser y tejer her own dresses. While I'm glad hipster chicks have gotten into sewing, crafting and that whole Etsy chingadera over the past couple of years, it's old sombrero for Mexican mujeres, all of whom know how to sew, stitch, weave and do miracles with cloth, strings and needles. I can't tell you how many quinceañera dresses my tías made from materials bought at textile stores, or how many torn jeans my mami patched up over the years, or cuffs on khakis she created when cuffs were cool and took off when they weren't. Oh, and the dress type you're referring to is most likely the huipil, the long, flowery dress from southern Mexico. Consider it a mestizo muumuu, except much classier and not as trashy as your woman's ilk.

 
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Karelys Beltran
Karelys Beltran

I think Mexican "skinny" and American "skinny" used to be pretty different. Being thin and curvy was bomb in mexico before the culture started to disseminate with lots of facebook and name brands etc.

I remember when women used to aspire to being thin but not skinny. Now it's cool to be super thin and flat to look like Abercrombie models. So maybe Mexican women when the writer asked the question seemed less uptight than American women at the time.

Johnrose7588
Johnrose7588

Mexican women sow their own clothes because it would cost way too much for them to buy a new outfit everytime a beaner rips the punta's clothes off trying to get some cheap love'n at the sonarosa.

Penello 86
Penello 86

tengo varias preguntas: porque los gringos estan tan absortos en si mismos, han notado que existen varios paises en el mundo, tampoco entiendo por que es que le llaman america a su pais, lo ultimo que supe es que era el nombre de un continente se debe a algun contexto socio-cultural o algo asi?

Mlonbera
Mlonbera

hahaha oh man this is so true my mama not only makes her self dresses but also for my nieces and my dogs hahaha

Listen2
Listen2

Instead of writing about women's dresses how about asking Congressman Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach why he has continued to have his wife on the payroll to the tune of two hundred fifty thousand dollars and why she gets 50% percent of the donations to his political campaign. He is such a stalward when it comes to illegal immigration, he was for proposition 187 and continually makes nasty and racists comments about illegals. How come the Mexican American community and well as the caucasian community in Orange County don't hold him accountable for his arrogant, self-serving, stealing from the pockets of corporations and American voters. Now, Gustaveo, that is something to write about.

Listen2
Listen2

Gustavo, you sure are getting some dumb questions lately and what surprised me even more is that you respond. With all that is going on in the world and all you could write about, why????????

Bill T.
Bill T.

They can't be right, they look nothing like what I grew up with ...

Women are supposed to be 5 feet 11 inches, at least, and not weigh over 87 pounds, everyone knows that. Popular american culture appears to me to be all about extremes. What's wrong with a healthy middle-of-the-road path?

Too bad Twiggy and her promoters weren't assasinated.

Armida Cabral
Armida Cabral

I love it! so what that my momma taught me sew my own clothes!

Emily Love
Emily Love

Penello,, we "gringos" do not call the continent of America our own. We call the United States of America ours, those 52 states that make up our union. We do not say that Mexico or Canada is ours. Why then do Mexicans pretend the United States is theirs? ..

909Jeff
909Jeff

Likewise he can also write about the durrrttty Sanchita sisters and all the lovely scandals they are constantly embroiled in... Mostly Loretta I dont think Linda has dropped the knife and fork long enough to get in any real trouble... Or introduce any meaningful legislation for that matter. Perhaps you can pop on over to Naval gazing, there is no shortage of Rohrbacher bashing over there. Not that he doesnt deserve it. I wish they t'ed off on Gary Miller more often. He's my congressman and as far as I can tell he's as useful as tits on a bull.

Alva
Alva

Gustavo gets plenty of good questions but his mente is taxed too much to answer them so he focuses on softball questions and such. To confront the serious issues like skyrocketing rates of latino drunk driving, youth gangsterism, and teenage pregnancy would sully the image of the race and Gustavo wouldn't have that!

Johnros8e7588
Johnros8e7588

Bluevoodo? What kinda faggot name is that? Looks like I hit a sensitive area with you talking about mexican whores. Didn't mean to insult the women in your family. My appoligys little blue bitch

909Jeff
909Jeff

The column is called Ask a Mexican... I'm not so certain that he is getting too many questions on the state of the economy or the Penn State situation.

bluevoodo
bluevoodo

How is bluevoodo gay? (how homophobic do you have to be to find that gay?) Its based on a Crate series of guitar amps. You hit a sensitive area, I'd think otherwise by reading your raging, homophobic, misogynous, misspelled, rant.

 
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