pollera (Skirt)

About this object

History of use

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. Similar skirts were seen worn in a small fiesta at the Huaras Sunday market. They are also worn for everyday.


Purchased from a booth in Huaras market from the maker, who was from the small town of Monterey, a few kilometers north of Huaras.

Cultural context

worn by women

Physical description

Skirt, woman's, in a two-tiered style with wide pleats at the waist. A band of off-white cotton at the top closes at the side with a drawstring. The rest of the skirt is sewn from commercially woven wool with a piled finish on the outside. A thin band of polished cotton machine embroidered with yellow and red undulating lines sits above a thicker band of the same material at the hem that is machine embroidered with a blue, white, green, and yellow abrstract pattern.