Faralaes are usually ankle-length, though shorter ones can be seen and are often worn by children. They often have elbow or bracelet-length sleeves, finished with ruffles or frills and the neckline is usually V-shaped. They are fitted to below the hips and then explode into a froth of ‘volantes’ – frills.
Along with the dress goes a particular style. The hair is pulled back into a bun and fastened with coloured slides while extravagant earrings balance the exuberance of the dress. An artificial rose stands upright on the wearer’s head, a feat which only Andalucían women can perform and which is not attempted at any other time of year. You will rarely see a feria dress teamed with flat shoes.
Feria dresses are expensive and some women save all year to buy something beautiful for themselves and their daughters. No female is ever too young or too old to wear a 'traje de feria'. The cost of a feria dress depends on the number of frills, as they represent the most time-consuming aspect of making the dress.
|A special design is required for the Garrotín|