Fight like a woman. The fight club of flying cholit
Even twenty years ago in
Indian girls have recently received a right to get education and choose profession freely. It happened under the pressure of administration of the president Morales who started course on the revival of aymara culture. Now cholit is the fashion. Since now, they call like that the boisterous girls who stand for traditional lifestyle and folk costume which has nothing in common with the heritage of the Incas.
In times of the Great Inca men and women got dressed approximately similarly, in the spatial tunics and woolen plaids of humble nonspottable shades. The historical look of cholit formed after Concuista. The invaders baptized Indian women without their will and made them wear European clothes. The inexhaustible fantasy of folk designers who interpret foreign fashion like they wanted transformed the simple Spanish dress in a colorful piece of folklore worth of being painted by Frida Kahlo.
Having got dressed before going to the city, the peasants covered shoulders with two decorated shawls over the slim-waisted velvet jacket or blouse decorated with the fancy rollers and trimmings. The kerchief that was a bit smaller was tied on the chest. The second one covered shoulders and back like the raincoat-mantle leaving the long flaps loose along the wind. The ends of the shawls were connected with the large golden brooch. In the ears the women carried massive earrings-lustres that were decorated with the false gems.
The wide overskirt of cholit called as ‘chicken-style’ is put on the frame and designed in four circles. The low shirrs are sewn from the subtle semi-transparent cloth and colored in the light shades to suit the lace underskirt that saucily look from the short-cut lap. The high layers of skirt produced from the bright muslin, golden brocade or taffety with the embossed pattern were pricked with the pin or buckle. This motley shining magnificence is decorated with the unusual bowler cap that raises the small and heavily built mountaineer under the noisy human ant hill.
The branded subject of the wardrobe of
Cholits are known for the special foppery. They participated in Sunday battles without rules in
Among women-gladiators there are no professional sportsmen. The trainings and performances should be matched with the work and home tasks adding the lack of technique with the temper and passion. The science is the acquirable thing. The experienced cholits artfully make the hurls and submission locks. For the victory no holds barred. The fighters know a great deal of rude words. As well, they have heavy bodies, take the hair of the opponent and are able to put the women on the opposite side push in the wall or on the floor. The culmination starts at the moment when some from the girls with the wild song jumps under the arena tending to the losing opponent with the unavoidability of the condor.
The idea to put on the ring the right-minded matrons initially belonged to Huan Mamani from El Alto, in the past successful fighter and now manager of the team ‘Titans of the ring’. Being bothered with the decrease of the fees during the crisis of 2001, Huan decided to make a surprise. He gave an announcement in the newspaper that the girls were gathered in the group of wrestling. To the astonishment of impresario, there were many young girls who wanted to fight. Sentimental TV-series about the adventures of numerous beautiful girl from the slums who charmed the rich person with the meek disposition do not touch the youth. There is the epoch of new stories describing life of courageous girls from poor families who went from rags to riches because of the ring. Cholit gets from twenty to thirty dollars for one fight what is not so bad for Bolivia. Apart from that, the modest women awarded for the humility have not seen anywhere while the starting cholit will find the example for imitation in the nearest square.
In El Alto there is widely known team ‘Queens of the ring’ headed by the pupil of Mamani Yolanda Veralus. Having being tired of paying the tribute to the teacher, the girl broke the engagement and made her own fight club. The students of Yolanda are not afraid of coming to the fight with men. In the meantime, the masculine macho do not get winners in the fights. Who is the weak sex here?
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