15th Jan 2024 @ 9:43 am

We recently visited the fascinating new exhibition that traces the history of underwear at the Casa Amarilla in Arrecife.

Organised by Ricardo Reguera and the Malpaís de la Corona folklore association, the exhibition addresses an area of history that is rarely approached and traces the history of the most intimate items of clothing used on Lanzarote.

Examples of clothing dating back to the 19th century show how poorer families adapted cotton sugar sacks from Cuba for underwear, while the wealthy wore the finest Dutch linen.  The exhibition shows how underwear developed from chemises and drawers to more modern bras and knickers, and how it was adapted to different styles of dress, from working outfits to ceremonial clothing.

The exhibition features informative placards in Spanish and English. It is open from 10 am to 2 pm and 2.30 pm to 6 pm on weekdays, Saturdays 10 am to 2pm, at the Casa Amarilla – the large, yellow-tiled building at the foot of Arrecife’s main shopping street, Calle Real.  

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