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Polcas and Guaranias are the most popular music styles of Paraguayan folklore. The polca, although similar in name, with its short, quick steps is quite different from the Polka. Traditional dances to accompany these music styles include: the Santa Fe, Galopera, and the Danza de la Botella (“Bottle Dance”). Guaranias are very slow, romantic rhythms commonly used as serenades.



Ñanduti: lace fashioned from spider’s web (pictured left)

Ao Po’i: fine embroidery

Encaje ju: miniature needlepoint lace




Sombrero Pirí: Typical straw hat (pictured right)

La Gallinita: Paraguayan lucky charm, a small ceramic hen






Updated: 9 May 2008