Deco Palm Tree Print Rayon Mestiza Dress with Sculpted Sleeves and Back Flounce circa 1930s
"TheMaria Claradress is an elegant formal outfit for women. It is considered amestiza dressbecause it is an ensemble combining indigenous and Spanish influences. TheMaria Claradress became very popular during the Spanish era since its emergence in 1890.
The name was taken from the legendaryMaria Clara, the heroine ofNoli Me Tangere, the then recently published novel ofDr. Jose Rizal.Maria Clara remains a symbol of the virtues and nobility of the Filipina woman
Its origin was the traditionalbaro’t sayaof early Filipinos: the original ensemble of a loose, long-sleeved blouse over a wide, ankle-length skirt. TheMaria Claraconsists of four separate pieces: thebaroor thecamisa, thesaya, thepanueloand thetapis."
This is a late 1930s art deco palm tree print rayon gown with starched mesh sleeves boasting appliques from the fabric the dress is made of. The bodice is lined. Someone has replaced the back zip with a vinyl zip, which works fine. The lining has some spots. The back flounce I pinned on and kind of created from the extra piece of appliqued mesh that is finished on 3 sides- could be used how ever you want. A few tiny spots. This dress is INCREDIBLE!
34" bust, 25" waist, 48" hips, 16" bodice, 58" long