Skirt and Skate

by Noemí Gonzales Cabrera

 

Skirt and Skate

by Noemí Gonzales Cabrera

"Skate with the emblematic style of the chola"
Chola is said as a generic name for mestizo women in the region that integrates Bolivia, characterized by being the economic and cultural base of our Andean towns and cities for their hard work and the clothing they keep.
Young skaters who dress in high-class elegance show off the blanket that flutters slightly next to the hand in the hat, while doing ollies. The braids and skirt of one of them move harmoniously while she is in the air. “The petticoats” as another necessary garment to protect them from the high plateau cold contrast the liveliness of their fabric with the gray cement of the track.
From the posture to the care of maintaining all the elements of clothing while practicing this sport, it transforms the experience of skating into valuing all the cholas who do their hard work in the city with the same attitude.
“It is difficult to skate with a skirt, since it is very heavy and to rehearse tricks you also need to see your feet” comments one of them. This is how they demonstrate their effort to excel in this sport and for this reason, this group manages to innovate the style of skating.
Adrenaline and the ability to mobilize in a different way gives this group the autonomy that is lyrically symbolized in the chola outfit.