CHARRO TROUSERS ( El Pantalón Charro )
trousers fit snugly whilst allowing the charro enough mobility to carry
out his daily tasks on foot or on horseback without hindering the movement
of the legs. There are two styles: those which have an aleton and those
which don’t both of which button up in front. The aleton is an extension
of fabric of about two centimeters which runs the length of the outer seam
from the pocket downwards. Another type of trouser known as tapabalazos
have fallen out of use. They buttoned up behind or on the side. Trousers
known as calzoneras are a type of tapabalazos which button up on both the
left and right side but which are scarcely seen today.
order to be a good fit charro trousers ought to be made to measure in order
that they be long enough to not ride up when the wearer is on horseback.
The bottom of the trouser leg ought to be touching the spur at all times
and to achieve this the tailor increases the length of the tiro (distance
between crotch and waist) 10 or 12 centimeters so that wrinkles occur at
the lower part of the calf when the charro isn’t on horseback. It is also
important that the trouser leg flares slightly at the very bottom in order
to accommodate the ankle boot whilst remaining sufficiently snug as to
not allow the back part to touch the ground and be trodden on by the charro’s
own boot heel. Charro trousers only have three belt loops wide enough to
accommodate a belt two inches wide, one behind, one on the left and one
on the right side each of the latter two being 15 centimeters from the
belt buckle. They also have two vertical pockets in front. Having a rear
pocket is today considered a breach of charreada competition rules despite
having proved useful in times past as a place to carry a wallet or papers
etc whilst working.
trousers are made of different materials such as: fabric (generally cashmere),
coarse woolen cloth, or chamois leather. Those made of fabric are comfortable
and look good when in somber colors; those made of coarse woolen cloth
are more durable and hence apt for daily tasks. Without doubt the best
charro trousers of all are those made of chamois leather because they are
the most attractive, most durable, and look equally good in charreadas,
walking on foot or even in a ceremony. The finest trousers – those used
for ceremonies – have metal botonaduras of gold or silver or are embroidered
with gold or silver thread. The complete botonaduras consist of between
32 and 36 metal elements running the length of the exterior of each trouser
leg from the hips to the flare. The so-called medias botonaduras consist
of only 3 elements on each leg, close to the pocket.
cachiruleado trousers are the best for daily charro tasks because their
patches of chamois leather make them stronger and more hardwearing. The
calavera is one such patch. It protects the part which is in contact with
the saddle and avoids that the trousers tear after much use as well as
offering protection against grazes whilst being dragged along the ground.
The cuadrilera patch runs all the way round the trousers at the hips and
avoids that they break whilst the charro, on foot, is lassoing a mare.
The grecas are long patches of different designs which run the length of
the exterior of the trouser leg and serve only as decorative adornments.
Other cachirules can be seen running along the top edge of both front pockets,
around the bottom of each trouser leg, or along the complete length of
the inside leg. The latter is wide enough to be seen from the front and