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Peru: Buying a folklore suit.

Today we wen´t shopping early morning for a folklore suit, which I had told Elia that I wanted one. We found them in the district of Rimac.

At the first picture you see me in my second alpacka poncho, in black n white.

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We had to look for some time before we found one in the size L. Most people just look at me and say no. Some laugh. Have no idea why.

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There is a lot of different dresses from all regions in Peru. I choosed the Cusco dress. I really love the falda (skirt) with the colored stripes.

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the jacket is also a favorite I will wear during the summer in Sweden with a pair of blue jeans.


Well, the total outfit isn´t that easy to pull off. Traditional clothing rarely is. The whole outfit costed 150 soles, like 350 sek and 70 dollars? Not exactly correct, but something like that. Supercheap!


The mannequins, doesn´t really help do they?

Also bought the traditional shoes they wear in the Andes for 7 soles. like 18 SEK or 2,5 dollars. Fantastic. They shoes are made of rubber from car tires. And here is the big question. Are they safe to use? Anyone?- aren´t rubber toxic?

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This is fabulous marinera clothes. Even harder to pull of. Feel like a 19th century queen. But like the skirt, was thinking of buying one in black, but they are so expensive.


Marinera ( a dance) is very popular in Peru and peopled starred at me smiling. That must be positive. This guy actually stopped and said some kind words.

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When going to Peru. Look for the traditional clothing. It´s not expensive and so nice.

What do you all think?

How to find a folklore suit in Lima Peru

(update July/2015)

I get a lof of questions on my email on where I found the folklore suits. Last time me and Martin discussed it it turns out he knew where it was. It was in the neighbourhood Caqueta in the part of the city called Rimac as the Rio Rimac.

How to get here: When you get of the bus Metropolitano (the public buses) you will see the market. The station name is Caqueta.

I ordered mine folklore suit from Cusco so it took a few days before the guy I bought it from got it, but I think they have a variety in the store and that it also is possible to buy a used one.



  1. Helt klart klär dig hela outfiten speciellt bredvid en naken karl. 😉
    MEN frågan är om du kommer verkligen ha på dig kjolen när semestern är över.
    Jag hade satsat på en kavaj/jacka.
    Men du passar verkligen i det dramatiska.

    • haha. nej, men det är ju typ en folkdräkt och den köper man ju komplett. Det var bara sånna kläder i detta område. Tyvärr så ingår det något get grejs i denna som man håller i handen när man dansar. Jag hade ju gärna inte velat ha den. Det är en färgad grej man har i handen och svänger med när man dansar.

      • Så de är stenhårda. Vilket innebär att take or live it.
        De förlorar en affär genom att inte vilja dela på den. Ganska dumt.
        Jag gillar den rosa på 5-e bilden. vet inte vad det är men ser ut som en sorts något längre kavaj.
        Blev det nåt?

        • Jag beställde Cusco dressen och den kommer på onsdag. Det är den röda. Jag ändrar mig när det gäller att man måste köpa hela, det måste man nog inte, men jag beställde en ny från Cusco. Så var det ja. T ex marinera kjolen kan man köpa för sig.. Men jag antar att jag kan välja bort svansen men det hindrar ju inte att den redan är tillverkad förstås.

    • Thanks! 🙂 yepp. This I wanted for some time. Have been checking out Swedish ones but they are super expensive and this was a fun alternative. Will always remember Peru from this one.

  2. I think the Peruvian clothing is absolutely gorgeous, Katarina – and that’s how you look wearing it. 🙂 But I must agree that the male mannequin was a bit off-putting: I never saw a bloke who looks like that ! [grin] Why are the black dance dresses so expensive ? – I wish you’d modelled one, at least. Still, the white is beautiful

      • What a SUPER dance ! But back to the dress … she is wearing a top that’s high and the front and low at the back; whereas the one you’re in is low all ’round. Is this because it was the only one you could get into ?

        • Well it is because it was the only one I tried. Where not looking for a marinera dress, only the Cusco dress, but there is many different ones. I was looking for the skirt, but when I tried the skirt they thought I should try it with a top.

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  4. gijshovens says

    nice! Where exactly in Cusco can you find these traditional clothes? I am looking for some male costumes. Thanks!

    • Hi! i send you an email! Hope you find one.. Write it here as well. –
      I bought mine in Lima, but it is the cusco dress. You might find it at the artisan shops in cusco and there is a big artisan market on the other side of street to the hotel eco inn cusco where we stayed. 🙂 I am currently traveling and in Venice so don’ t have wifi but hope you find one.

      In the market in cusco they were very helpful so just ask when you get there. Mine did not cost much so compare prices and ask more than once because everything is much more expensive in cusco. I paid 150 sol and then they ordered it from cusco to lima. It includes a shirt, hat, different belts, jacket, skirt and the skirt you use under the big skirt.

      Good luck and thanks for checking my blog!

      Mvh Katarina

    • I didn’t but now I googled and it is in the neighbourhood caqueta in the part of the city called rimac as the rio rimac river. 🙂 When you get of the bus Metropolitano you will see the market. Metropolitano only has a few line so it should be easy to figure out which station. I think the station name is caqueta. 🙂

      I ordered mine so it took a few days before the guy got it. Good luck once again!

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