In Bilbao we take the txapela ‘to half lao’. Deia, Bizkaia News

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QEU we are from Bilbao, that's why we take txapela to half lao ”. In the Villa size does matter. Including that of the txapela, and the position too. To claim this head cover, a sign of identity par excellence, and defend a slight lateral inclination, on Tuesday the brotherhood of the Txapela at half lao. Although it is too open, Manu Iturregi, a trikitilari and a villain with a degree in farolín, has been wearing txapela all year. "I usually use it with less flight, twelve inches, because if not, I look aitite face," he says resolved with his summer beret. “It is not that the tradition has been lost, it is that fashion is wearing a bare head, but since I am bald I use it a lot … Especially in winter it is very comfortable. Also you take it off, screw it up and into your pocket or shoulder, ”says Manu, making ademo.

In order to promote the lateral inclination of the mythical headdress of Bilbao and Bilbao since time immemorial, those in which it was only abandoned at the head of the bed or the bank of the church, the brotherhood establishes this first year a provisional management group with Isidro Elezgarai as president, the older mustache, Manu Iturregi; or the major hat, Emilio Pirla and the senior puppeteer, Antton Bastero, all of proven Bilbao essence. The putting of length will be done in a place that comes to the hair, the Ovoid Variant sculpture of Oteiza, popularly known as txapela mid-lao. Among more than twenty brothers, infiltrators such as Felipe Zelaieta, Bertsolari, a native of Mallabia, a former resident of Bilbao, but a current resident in Gasteiz will not be missing. Or Begitxu Gómez, delegate of this modality in Alava lands.

Afterwards, a kalejira by El Arenal will exhibit this garment dot, as rated by Nati Ortiz de Zarate who is dedicated to theater costumes and has put on many txapelas. "Some have traveled the world because I have given them away." For Emilio Pirla, the hatter of the kingdom, “more and more are sold, especially to girls. They buy me from 12 years old and a lady of 98 has come ”. “In addition to aesthetics, it is very practical. The men wear a good one for the whole winter, but the ladies buy two or three per season. ” Asians raze in their shop in the Old Town. “Last year I did a report with a Japanese actress and since then many Japanese, Koreans, Taiwanese, Chinese have come to buy Txapela … because they had seen her, who took eleven the same day. In six months I have had more oriental clients than in all my life, ”he says. The txapela is universal and Pirla tells by way of anecdote that in Italian beret it is said basco. There is that.

Color identifies, size matters, and the greater the flight, the more leverage, at least in Bilbao. But the inclination is decisive. Bereciartua theorized about it, expressing that the placement of the beret defines the personality. Antton Bastero goes further and launches a master class on how txapela is put on, depending on the territory. More openwork, flatter, thrown back, marking folds … By the way of carrying it will be distinguished a Alavés, a Guipuzcoan, a Biscay, a Navarrese or a neighbor of Iparralde. They are txapeldunes.

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