THE CAPSHAW COLLECTION of Fiesta dresses, Squaw dresses, Mexican attire, and NM folkwear, EDITION 7
It's time again for the yearly update of newly acquired editions to the CAPSHAW COLLECTION.....
At the Taos Inn, Chiara models this sheer bitone Squaw skirt with a triple-ruffle peasant blouse. The skirt features gold and brown ric-rac and multicolored braid trim. **
Too gorgeous for words, Sylvia models this deep purple ruffled silk two-piece design from Silver Tips. This photo does not do justice to the deep purple of the fabric.
This is a cheerful raincloth Squaw Dress from Bo-Mar Handicrafts of Scottsdale. It features a rather comfortable fit and features silver and turquoise ric-rac and braid. I love to wear this dress, but it is really not that unique. ****
Another China Poblana skirt that I feel might be a relic of the costume trucks that used to come to town for Fiesta time in the 1940s. I feel that way because the age-fading on the skirt and the especially sturdy construction on the sequins. On the old films from that period, many, many young Santa Fe girls sported China Poblana costumes for Fiesta.
Another extravagantly plush velvet skirt from the Navajo Reservation. I paired it with a Spanish shawl and a denim blouse. Unfortunately, I'm blocking a lot of the Grand Canyon.
Again in Taos, this is a very simple red cotton ruffled skirt with white ric-rac--rather contemporary. It is teamed with a red peasant blouse and hand-woven belt from Santo Doningo. This completes the new purchases for the collection from this year.
ADDENDUM TO THE CAPSHAW COLLECTION 7
The past few years I have been including the Colonial Hispanic outfits worn at El Rancho de las Golondrinas as an addendum, however, this year we suffered a tremendous loss with the death of my wonderful husband, Dwight Capshaw. In tribute, I am adding a review of the Fiesta attire he has been sporting through the years, and as I am saving all of his fiesta shirts, they are now also part of the collection. (I will include this year's Golondrinas' outfits next year) In this photo, Dwight is wearing a Native American Ribbon Shirt featuring turquoise ribbons.Guayabera shirt. This one has the rows of stitched tucks and white embroidery.
Guayabera shirt with Gilbert and Cougie.
Guayabera shirt goes with the Fiesta outfits of the ladies. Here Dwight enjoys the company of Keeks and Binks.
I ordered this Ribbon Shirt from a lovely older woman from Cochiti at Indian Market. With Dwight is Waymon sporting his "Day of the Dead" tie Kelly made him.
Full length--a navy blue Guayabera and the usual blue jeans....
Another puff paint design, but this shirt was also homemade.....
This is probably more likely a true "Mexican Wedding Shirt". It is made of stiff sheer cotton with self embroidery.
And YES, he was just an ADORABLE, guy!! He will be missed.
Thus ends our CAPSHAW COLLECTION 7. The Chavez Collection VII will be posted after Fiesta. To see the CAPSHAW COLLECTION in totality, follow this link and then follow the links at the bottom of each posting: