corpina (Vest)

About this object

History of use

This vest is worn for everyday or for fiestas, by Tinta women. The tradition of regionally distinctive dress is still a feature of some of the remote villages of highland Peru. The costumes are a mixture of Spanish influence with surviving indigenous aspects and materials.


Bought in the Indian market in Cuzco. The women in the stalls cut and assembled them, the embroidery was done in Tinta.

Cultural context

worn by men and women

Physical description

Vest, woman's, made of unbleached cotton twill fabric lined with cotton flour sacking and machine embroidered with floral and geometric motifs in red, blue, yellow and green. The vest opens at the front and has a u-shaped neck. Opens at one side with two pockets at the front, one on each side.