Malvina Carerra will teach apprentice Angela Webb the art of traditional Panamanian pollera dressmaking. Carerra learned the skill from her mother and aunt in Panama. Carerra explains that it is exceptionally rare to find a single individual who can make an authentic hand-made pollera dress. Few written patterns for sewing the dress exist. The only written documents  found on the tradition are from the colonial time period dating back to the 1800’s. Made primarily of cotton and wool, polleras are worn at festivals and celebrations and are typically adorned with rich floral patterns. Webb is also a skilled artist and and specializes in making Panamanian tembleques, or pearl hair ornaments. Carerra and Webb intend to share their art at the Hola Festival in Knoxville and at other cultural events in East Tennessee.

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