camisa (Blouse)

About this object

History of use

Worn for everyday and for fiestas. 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.


Blouse was purchased in the Cuzco Indian market. It was cut and assembled in the market and was embroidered in Tinta. The shoulder opening would be closed with a brooch. The blouse was considered typical Tinta style, particularily the embroidery, by the vendors.

Cultural context

worn by women

Physical description

Unbleached cotton, long-sleeved blouse with slit left shoulder. Cuff edges are embroidered with red and blue thread in a wavy design. A square panel of white cotton below the neck on the front is embroidered with red, blue, green, yellow and black thread to form floral designs. Coloured circles on stems extend from an outer line to form a border around the panel.