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Traditional Peruvian Clothing
Clothing in Peru is richly steeped in tradition.
Even in modern times, traditional customs are woven into the fabric of today's Peruvian clothing.
Here are some fascinating facts on Peruvian traditional clothing.
Features of Traditional Peruvian Clothing
Most traditional clothing has geometric patterns and vibrant colors. Dresses, skirts, tunics, blankets, and ponchos are the main clothes that are still traditional.
For over a thousand years, men and women both have used
Traditional Materials and Styles
The wool of the Alpaca, which is native to Peru, is still used today in keeping with tradition on making Peruvian clothing.
Along with Peruvian traditions, traditional Spanish and other modern day influences
are now being mixed in.
Traditional Peruvian clothing generally reflects what village a man or
woman comes from.
Distinctive Traditional Clothing of the Peruvian Woman
Traditional Women's Hats of Peru
A woman is recognized in many instances by her hat style, which reflects the culture of her region or village.
For some, white beads adorn the Sanq'apa straps - straps that secure the hats and are woven very delicately and carefully. These hats are called Monteras.
Traditional Shoulder Cloths in Peru Native Dress
Another item of traditional Peruvian dress that may identify a woman's village is a Lliclla. This is a shoulder cloth that is hand woven, rectangular, and is fastened in the front. A pin that is hand decorated, or a Tupu, secures it. In modern times, a safety pin is now being used.
Along with the shoulder cloth is a K'eperina or a rectangular carrying
cloth that is bigger. It is used to carry goods and kids secured inside
on a person's back. Then it is tied in the front.
Another rectangular cloth, Unkuna, is smaller can carry a snack or some
like coca, corn, or fruit.
Traditional Peruvian Skirts in Peru Native Dress
Traditional skirts worn by many of the Andean women are called Polleras. They are colorful and are made from Bayeta or wool cloth and are hand woven.
A lot of times skirts are layered and three or four maybe worn at one time. At
times up to fifteen could be tied around a woman's waist.
Handmade and colorful Puyto is used for the trim of the
skirts. Another name for Polleras is Melkkhay.
Traditional Peruvian Dress for Women - Jackets, Sweaters, Sandals
In the Ausangate region a Juyuna, or wool jacket, is decorated with white buttons and has front panels. They are usually worn inside out and have elaborate decorations.
The jacket is worn under their shoulder cloths. Also, a sweater that is synthetic and tight fitting in shades of green, yellow, and pink is worn under the jacket.
Ajotas are sandals for the feet and are made from truck tires that are recycled. Both men and women both wear these as they are so cheap to make.
Distinctive Traditional Clothing of the Peruvian Man
In Peruvian men's clothing, the main traditional item is the poncho. Ponchos are hand woven.
The Peruvian Man's Poncho
Just like a woman and her hat, a man's poncho resembles his village. Most poncho's are red and each will have its own pattern to show the man's district identity.
Some villages still wear ponchos
But, for men, this traditional item of clothing is now more commonly used for weddings, festivals
, village meetings, and more.
The Peruvian Man's Hat
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Men's hats are usually Sombreros (literally, shade-makers) and are worn
over a chullo
The Chullos are hats with ear flaps and are knitted and
handmade and can be worn without a sombrero. The Chullo is a
distinctive feature in Peruvian photos of the high Andes.
A father will hand knit and give a Chullo traditionally to his
There also are Centillo, or hat bands that are hand decorated on the
Yes, clothing in Peru is steeped in rich traditions. Even in modern
times, traditional customs are woven into the fabric of today.
Enjoy seeing the men, women, and children still wearing their colorful
and distinctive traditional Peruvian clothing on your trip to Peru!
Ancient Inca Clothing
A status symbol. Within the Inca society, Inca clothing was a very
important and integral part of their culture. To this day, traditional
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In the classic tourist photos of Machu Picchu, Titicaca, and the high
Andes Mountains, what is the favored headgear? The "chullo," of course!