Accessories for Flamenco {Abanico para Baile}

Image via Aline Salazar's flickr

Image via Aline Salazar's flickr

The history of the flamenco dress dates back to the nineteenth century when Andalusian women wore dresses to accompany the livestock traders who attended the Feria de Abril in Seville. The material used to make the dresses eventually became richer along with the accessories and the acceptance of flamenco dance as an art form grew.

Many of these early accessories are still used by dancers today, including the fan (abanico) pictured above. The fan is used by women when dancing particularly feminine and flirtatious dances such as Guajira or the Caracoles. 

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