Paño (cloth)

In Attire

My object is a Paño (cloth). It is important to my family and me. This object comes from Ecuador; my great great grandma was the first one to wear it and it started our tradition in the family. She used to wear it for important days and also for church. This tradition was passed on next to her daughters, one of them was my great grandma. She was the next person to continue the tradition. Also, my great grandmother used to wear it   for traditional days like Christmas (wearing costumes to show the day Jesus was born). Years later,  her daughter was born: my abuelita (grandmother). She started learning about the tradition and continued it. She used to wear it on  the days that her Mom wore it, and she also was taught the ways that it can be used. My great grandmother died, but the tradition continued with one of the two daughters of my grandmother. It was my Mom who was taught the same way that my  grandmother learned.  One thing that changed in the tradition was that my Mom did not use it for church, only for Christmas when we had “ Pasadas Del Niño Jesus”. She dressed as a Cholita. One of the parts of the costume was “ El Paño”. The next person to continue the tradition was me; my mom taught me the same ways that she learned too by my grandmother. I also use the Paño for Christmas, by dressing like a Cholita. I still continue the tradition; I have not forgotten my traditions.

Place(s): Ecuador, Cuenca

– MZ

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more