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12/13/2002
15:05:17
Subject: Finding a "baiana" costume to represent Brazil ...
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Dear Brazilians and Brazilian Friends
I was invited to represent Brazil in a local government party
where I am supposed to go wearing a tipically Brazilian
costume. The event will take place next Thursday here in
Memphis, TN and I haven't got the slightest idea of where may
I find such a kind of costume here (that is, IF it is available).
The city has a little spice of a small town, making it even more
difficult to find the proper clothes. Because there is no
American that haven't heard about Carmem Miranda, I was
thinking a ggod idea to find something of that kind. I thought of
a white "saia rodada" (wide round skirt) and a "bata" (like
gipsy's tops). But then, where to find that? Where to find a
little basket with plastic fruits to wear in the head, like
Carmem Miranda?
Please, any help, ideas, inspirations or improvisation
methods would be very helpful to allow me to properly
represent our culture.

Thank you for your kind attention,
Liz.

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Caros compatriotas, Fui convidada para representar o Brasil
numa festa do governo aqui na cidade de Memphis, TN, e me
pediram que fosse vestida com roupa tipicamente brasileira.
A festa sera' 5a feira proxima e nao tenho a menor ideia de
onde conseguir esta facanha de obter uma roupa tipica. Aqui
tem alguns ares de cidade pequena, entao, fica mais dificil
encontrar algo tao "diferente" (diferente para eles). Como
nao tem americano que nao conheca a Carmem Miranda,
imagino que eu deva encontrar algo no estilo. Tambem
pensei nas tipicas baianas com saias brancas rodadas e
aquelas batas (blusas) brancas. Mas tambem nao sei onde
se pode comprar isto por aqui. Onde encontrar uma cestinha
com frutas para por no cabelo?

Please, qualquer ajuda e inspiracao no sentido de encontrar
ou improvisar algo, e' valida.
Obrigada por sua atencao,
Liz.


Patinho
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12/13/2002
16:11:40
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When I think of the stereo-typical Brazilian, I think of someone just like an American, only thinner and darker. risos

Really, unless you were to represent something from Brazil's history, it's probably best not to perpetuate stereo-types.

Also, unless our Memphis fried chicken and barbeque has seeped deep into your bloodstream, I assume you cling close to your Brazilian roots, which means you probably already dress similiarly like a Brazilian.

I am sure you know that most Americans have little education about other cultures, which is why they would EXPECT the whole Carmen Miranda dress. Surprise them... with something unexpected.

I am sorry if I have not really contributed any good ideas for your party. I have an alterior motive for writing.

I am in Memphis too! I used to hang out in a circle of Brazilian and American freinds. We even had a small Capoeira group, "O Jogo Bonito". Unfortunately, most of our freinds have returned to Brazil and our numbers a getting smaller by the week. We are always looking for new people with Brazilian interests to join our circle of aquaintances and freinds.

If you are interested, and I know I am, please feel free to e-mail me. Also, you should know that I am American, not Brazilian.

Boa sorte com sua festa!

Patinho__@hotmail.com


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12/13/2002
17:41:49
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What a warm and inspiring posting, Patinho.
You contributed much more than you think.
Glad you are part of our community.

abrašos cariocas, paulistanos, e soteropolitanos


Curious
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12/13/2002
17:50:51
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Just go dressed like a native Brazilian.

That should be easy to find: the no-dress.

Don't forget to send all of us an invitation.

Cheerio.


Adrianerik
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12/14/2002
05:40:27
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Liz...do you want 'typical' or STEREO'typical'.

Carmen Miranda died of a heart attack during the filming of an American show after depression and turning to drugs after being exploited by Chiquita and rejected by Brazilians.

For the beautiful simplicity and authenticity of Brazil try a simple white skirt and blouse and head wrap with blue and white or red and white beads of Oshun, Iemanja or Oxala. No garish makeup. (Baianas and most Brazilian girls are actually less attractive with makeup).

Don't wear fruits on your head. Carry them in a simple basket with flowers or in your hands. This would be a good way to explain the multi-racial harmony in Brazil at New Years in Rio and Bahia when all are dressed in white...dip their feet in the water, make offerings and then sit on the beach around candles in the sand with friends and family.

Not too touristy...but accurate.

I hope all goes well. This is a good opportunity to educate....not placate.

Peace

ps - you could also try some of Memphis's black neighborhoods. Many of the early dress of Southern African-Americans are similar to the dress of the Baianas.


Liz
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12/14/2002
07:49:48
Thank y'all
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Hi y'all

I am writing to thank you all, guys, for your warm and kind
help.
This afternoon I will take a look at a place called "Other
Lands" and see if they have anything that I can use.

Else, I am afraid I will have to dare sewing something (ughh).

After the Thursday party, I will be giving you a feedback.
Thanks
Liz.


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