A Bolivian woman dressed traditionally sells lemons, limes and beans on a sidewalk.

Straw Hat Ladies
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In Bolivia, clothes define a person’s status. Businesswomen have short hair, and wear trim skirts and heels. But traditional women in Bolivia, who work as servants in service-related jobs, wear velveteen skirts, have long braids, and wear a straw hat. For the first time, Bolivia has elected an indigenous president. And his minister of justice is a woman who wears velveteen skirts, long braids, and a straw hat. Perhaps being indigenous will become fashionable now? Mary Losure explains in this Reporter’s Notebook.
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