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Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2019 9:45 pm

Pan American Union: A Showcase of National Treasures in Textiles” exhibit has opened at The Costumes of the Americas Museum.

The exhibit showcases more than 50 “unique and authentic costumes of the original countries of The Pan American Union,” such as the Charros and colorful “Adelita” costumes from Mexico, Apache costume from the United States and an Argentinean red dress worn by flamenco dancers from Spain.

The museum is decorated with flags of different countries on top of the showcase windows and several different types of flowers are placed at the bottom of the costumes. All pieces in the museum have been donated by women from Brownsville.

“We opened our doors on 2007 but the collections, women have been collecting these costumes since the 1950s,” Museum Administrator Liza Nuñez said. “When you go into the museum, you can see the dress and a poster with information about the piece.”

Nuñez said the museum is “truly a hidden gem” for Brownsville because the collections displayed are not something one would see anywhere.

“Brownsville is so special. We are such a special small community and we have a lot of pride in our culture. Our culture is so important and it’s what makes Brownsville so special,” she said. “The collection is truly one of a kind. We are so proud that we make it affordable for everyone to come and just experience and learn about their heritage in a very special way.”

The exhibit, which will run for at least 10 months, is free on Sundays and costs $2 from Tuesday to Saturday. The museum is closed on Mondays.

This collection is dedicated to Carmen “Lita” Pashos, a crucial part of the museum for several years, according to Nuñez.

Pashos has been a member of Pan American Round Table I since 1964 and has served as the director and costume chairman over the years. She lived in Mexico City for two years before moving to Brownsville in the 90s, there, her interest for traditional textiles sparked, according to the exhibit’s statement.

“I enjoy helping educate our community on the interesting stories behind the wonderful traditional textiles and costumes of all the Americas and am pleased to help preserve their cultural value for future generations,” Pashos said on the statement.

Nuñez encourages community members to attend and take advantage of everything the museum has to offer.

“You will leave feeling like you have learned something,” she said. “Everyone will enjoy it.”

nreyna@brownsvilleherald.com

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