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Folklore

Music
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.
 

 

Crafts

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

 

 

 

 

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Updated: 9 May 2008