Blouses or Jackets - Blusas o Chaquetas
1851 - 1898
For common colonial soldiers, the earliest rayadillo garments issued were short roundabout style jackets referred to in the original Spanish documents as either "blusas" or "chaquetas." These loose fitting uniform garments made their first appearance in Cuba in the early 1850s. They are the most common campaign garment worn during the Ten Years War, remaining in service with the regular forces until about 1890. The blouse continued to be worn by some volunteer troops until the end of the colonial period in 1898.
A great variety of styles and construction details will be noted in original blouses. Body length, pocket pattern, front closure style and the number of buttons used will differ by unit, supply source and date of manufacture.
Cazadores Blouse, 1870 - 1890
Volunteer Blouse, Cuba, 1890s
Volunteer Cavalry Jacket, Cuba, 1880s - 1890s.
Note the slightly longer body than those found on the other artifacts shown. The pattern of this garment would almost classify it as a tunic or guerrera but for its simple and slightly crude construction, pointing to rural tailoring. I am currently calling this a jacket (but I may change my mind later). Patch pockets were once present on the skirts but were removed at some point in the past.
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