10/15/13 - Havana Times - Fashion Discussed in Cuba's Round Table Program
HAVANA TIMES A few days ago, Cubas Round Table TV program addressed the
issue of what young people and the Cuban people in general wear these
days. Its true that the way some young people dress today is a bit
curious, but this is not a question of right or wrong: its simply a way
of dressing different from what was in style in earlier decades.
I see many young people wear their pants low, beneath the waist, to reveal
their underwear. This is the era of tattoos and piercings, worn on ones
eyebrows, ears, tongue or bellybuttons. Many, including people who are not
so young, have become veritable living pincushions.
Theres really nothing we can do about this. Its whats in fashion these
days. The eighties and nineties are behind us. Perhaps these new fashions
have flourished because we feel a little freer these days.
We feel free and we dont want anyone to tell us what we should wear, or
what music we should listen to, if its music were talking about.
Personally, I believe everyone is free to wear a piercing wherever they
wish to and to wear the clothes they like or is available to them (not
everyone can afford to wear good, new or elegant clothes).
As we know, everything in Cuba is expensive. This is especially true of
clothing, let alone shoes. Even recycled (used) clothing is sold at
Che tatoo. Photo: cuerpoyarte.com
There have always been problems with school uniforms because young people
want to look good all the time. In this connection, I feel that school
uniforms should be worn properly.
That day, the Round Table was taking calls and a viewer phoned and, among
a number of other things, asked why the Cuban flag was used on tank tops
They didnt have an answer for this. The commentators chose to focus on
her other questions. Of course, they couldnt really touch on that issue.
Currently, the Cuban government is making quite a bit of money selling
printed images of the countrys traditional symbols.
I recall that, years ago, anyone could have ended up at a police station
merely for wearing a T-shirt with any flag on it, be it that of our worst
enemy, or the Union Jack, to mention two examples.
Today, things have changed: anyone can wear a tank top with any image they
like and nothing happens. I am for that.
And what about Che Guevara? I believe his image is the one that sells the
most in our stores: a T-shirt with an image of Che Guevara printed on it
can cost as much as 10 Cuban Convertible Pesos, and it sells like
We see the image of the legendary guerrilla on berets, coin purses,
cigarette lighters, ash-trays, wooden cigars, collars, earrings, etc.
Che Guevara must live on in our memory for ever so, in the process, he can
help boost our economy
dont you think?
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