Basin. Low container with a very wide mouth that is used for washing or washing. This type of container is widely used in rural communities .


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  • 1 Origin of the name
  • 2 Features
    • 1 Use
    • 2 Consistency
  • 3 Sources

Name’s origin

The word palangana is a corruption of the Latin patella (plate), diminutive of patera (container), which gave us paila and padilla in Spanish.


The basin is a vessel with a large diameter and a shallow depth. In the past, when there was no toilet or toilet with an integrated sink, it was placed on a basin (three-foot unit) and used to wash hands and face.


This type of container is widely used in rural communities. It is also used extensively to soak lost garments, tennis shoes , bags, men’s socks, etc. in order not to waste water .

In the absence of running water, in the past, the basin was used for washing hands , small clothes or other similar uses. Those who had the use of soaking the beard had a notch or cut on which the neck rested and were called bacía.


Basins were made of different materials such as silver , brass , tin or clay


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