Today I want to talk about one of the main decorations in Verde MAR – the “Mexican Hats” which hanging on the wall and by the windows in our restaurant. And you have probably seen them in many things that related to Mexico. Do you know what exactly they are called in Mexico and what are they used for?
These Mexican Hats are called Sombreros (Som-bre-ros) in Spanish. The word “Sombrero” comes from another Spanish word “Sombra” – means Shade or Shadow which explains the main purpose of a Mexican Sombrero – protection from the sun. Sombrero is a hat with a pointed crown, very wide brim with a upturned edge that is wide enough to cast a shadow over head, neck and shoulders of the person who wears it.
Sombreros can also reflect social and economic status of the wearer. Cheaper sombreros are made of straw with a basic design while more expensive ones are made out of felt with a more decorated design and color. Apart from being a practical solution for the problem of strong sun, it also has a strong cultural significance – a symbol of a Mariachi (ma-ri-a-chi). A Mariachi band is a traditional Mexican band that usually features four musicians playing a violin, guitar, a larger bass guitar and a smaller five-string guitar. Modern mariachi bands also include trumpets and sometimes harps. Apart from the special instruments, mariachi also encompasses a unique musical styles, singing techniques, unique dancing and clothing. In 2011, UNESCO recognized mariachi as an Intangible Cultural Hertiage, together with the authentic Mexican cuisine. It is easy to recognized mariachi bands because of the traditional charro suits especially the beautiful sombreros. And the sombreros you see in Verde MAR are those decorative mariachi sombreros.
See the video below for a short music clip of Mariachi Band!