An image of the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe adorns this handkerchief painted in the so-called paño ("pañuelo," or handkerchief) art style. Paño may have started as prison art among Latinos incarcerated in Southwestern prisons in the 1940s. Depicting subjects as diverse as religion, family, lovers, prison, bullfighters and other Hispanic stereotypes, paño art serves as a medium of exchange, as tokens of affection, and as symbols of ethnic pride. Paños are an extension of other visual "barrio arts" that include tattoos, paintings on low-rider cars, murals, graffiti, and drawings on paper.
||Signed "Walter R. Boca"
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