“Cangaço is the name given to a form of “social banditry” in the Northeast of Brazil in late 19th and early 20th centuries. In a reaction against land owners and the government, many men and women decided to become nomadic bandits, roaming the hinterlands seeking money, food and revenge.
“The cangaceiros had very specific notions of how to behave and dress. Despite the heat during the day, the cangaceiros preferred to wear leather clothing, embellished with all kinds of coloured ribbons and metal pieces.
“They also used leather gloves with coins and other pieces of metal sewn onto them, almost like armour.
“Because of the heat and the absence of water some cangaceiros wore French perfume which they stole from rich people’s houses, and used in large quantities”