Brazilian Carnival Costumes – 5 Intriguing Facts You Did Not Know

sambaBrazilian Carnival Costumes are one of the most recognized parts about this huge party. They’re more than only some feathers here and there and a few strings.  Listed below are 5 intriguing facts about the costumes worn during the Brazilian Carnaval.

Made by Hand or Machine?

Every year several hundred people work countless hours working on the costumes for Brazilian Carnival. Even though the costumes for the women cover very little, they are very ornate. The beads, feathers and spangles which make up the costumes are in the millions. The costumes underneath all the flashiness can be made by a sewing machine but the spangles, beads and feathers have to put on by hand which takes several hours.

Have They Always Been Skimpy?

Just like clothes today, there used to be more material involved that made up the costumes. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Brazilian Carnival costumes were mostly just masks and the best clothes that a person had. Brazil, especially Rio de Janerio, has always been a little more of a liberal place, and as society became more liberal so did the costumes for the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. Another reason for the lack of material in the dresses is because it is the hottest time of year when Carnaval in Brazil takes place. Marching and dancing the samba for more than an hour can get very hot. The skimpier costumes allow the dancers to have a little more freedom to move while they do the samba.

Not All Are Skimpy

Depending on the location, the parade and the party can have some more modest costumes. Carnival isn’t just one parade or one party. Neighborhoods have their own parties called block parties and they have their own smaller parades. Many of the block parties have costumes that are less risque but also not as fancy as the ones that the samba schools wear. Tourists can even join in, by renting a costume or coming up with their own.

Does Every Samba School Have a Theme?

Each year every samba school has to have a new theme. Themes in the past have been anything from zoo animals to astronauts. In each them, the schools really go all out and expand on it. For example, in an astronaut theme, there might be costumes that show the sun and moon and stars. Some of the groups find a theme that works for them and stays with it.

How Big of an Industry Is It?

From the peole who inspect the costumes to those who actually design them, there are several hundred people who are involved. Several of the more affluent samba schools have their own staff designers. They also have a producer who coordinates the costumes and parade floats to make sure that the Samba school’s Brazilian Carnival Costumes match the overall theme and stick with a plot.

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Author: Joel Higginbotham

Joel Higginbotham lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and created his website to give everyone a taste of this amazing country. For more interesting Brazil info click the following link to discover 5 reasons why you should experience the Brazil Carnival for yourself.

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