Traditional Peruvian Clothing

Traditional Peruvian Clothing

17 February 2021

The typical clothing of Peru is a key piece of Peruvian national identification because it encompasses many concepts that vary according to the type of music, customs, festivities and the region in which it is found, be it the coast, mountains or jungle.


The typical costume of Peru has the objective of reflecting the culture and identity of the country in an exceptional way. Peru has very important roots with respect to its origins and that is its main motivation for the typical costume to look like the whole nation deserves it.


This traditional dress manages to combine many colors that have to do with the aboriginal past of the country.


Women and men use the same colors and designs. However, your clothes may vary slightly.


Typical clothing of the Coast


The typical clothing of the coast is simple and comfortable. This area has a warm climate, very intense in summer. Their costumes are often associated with the northern sailor.


Typical man's costume

  • Hat: They are made with straw threads and are used to cover themselves from the sun.
  • Shirt: It is usually made of cotton.
  • Ponchos: Used in winter season, they are a bit thick to cover the entire torso and arms.
  • Pants: The man from the coast wears black pants or dark tones.
  • Shoes: They are closed model and made from leather.

Typical costume for women

  • Nightgowns: They are cotton blouses that have embroidery on the chest. They are used inside the skirt.
  • Skirts: They are also called sleepers, they are worn long and from the waist. They are usually black or dark in color.
  • Shawl: It is a garment made of cotton that covers the shoulders.

Note: The woman on the coast collects her hair with ribbons into a bun.


Typical clothing of the Sierra


It is the coldest region of Peru, so this Peruvian clothing is designed to counteract frost. The typical costume will vary according to the province.


Typical man's costume

  • Chullo: It is a type of hat that protects the head and ears of the mountain man from the cold.
  • Shirt: They are woven with cloth or homemade material.
  • Poncho: They are similar to vests, these cover the torso completely and the arms, they only have a hole so that the neck can be inserted and the head is uncovered. They usually have geometric ornaments.
  • Pants or bermuda shorts: They are generally dark in color and made with cloth.
  • Chumpi: It is a multicolored sash that covers the line between the pants and the shirt.
  • Flip flops: They are sandals made from rubber, collected from recycled tires.

Peruvian Clothing Traditional

Typical costume for women

  • Peruvian Monteras: They are hats that were brought by the Spanish and adapted in the Peruvian highlands with colored ribbons. The basic colors are black, red and white.
  • Almilla: They are jackets sewn with colored fabrics that cover the female torso. They have decorations on the neck and sleeves.
  • Llicllas: It is a blanket that is folded in half to cross it in the back and tie the corners on the chest, forming a kind of bag that is used to carry your babies.
  • Polleras: This is the name given to the colored skirts made with vicuña wool or that of some auquénido. Several are used at the same time, up to 10, one on top of the other.
  • Flip flops: Sandals made with rubber.

Note: The woman from the sierra combs her hair into braids that she intertwines with ribbons of wool that give more color to the Peruvian dress.

Peruvian Clothes

Typical Jungle Clothes


It is the hottest area in Peru. The typical Peruvian costume, belonging to the tribes of the Amazon, is loose and with little fabric due to the high temperatures of this region. Therefore, both men and women only use cushma.


Garments of the typical costume of the Jungle

  • Cushma: It is a loose tunic sewn on the sides with decorations and geometric figures.
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