One of the many beautiful aspects of Cusco, Peru is its many costumes that adorn the city. Whenever touring Cusco, traditional clothing is not difficult to spot with its big and colorfully embroidered skirts with leggings underneath and bright jackets. There are often many people dressed up in traditional outfits in order for tourists to take pictures with them in return for a small tip. If you go out of the city´s main center you can find plenty of women that actually still wear less colorful types of traditional clothing as a part of their daily life.
If you would like to learn more detailed information about the typical dress worn, then the Center of Traditional Textiles of Cusco on Avenida Sol is the place to go. The museum focuses on how the beautiful textiles are created and produced in the Andean regions of Peru. There are also some textiles that are for sale, made from nine different communities. The center trains and supports these communities in their weaving and fashion designing, and then puts their work on display in the exhibitions. This Center is an incredible place to get a closer look of the making of these precious traditional pieces. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at night and on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
These traditional dresses are very important for Cusco because it tells the story of its history and culture. In festivals, these costumes play an important role; they add color and life to each celebration and open a window to the ways of the past. There are many important factors to the traditional Cusqueña culture, such as, music and dance. However, the brilliantly designed costumes bring character to the important performances and attract locals and tourists from all over the world to take a deeper look into Cusco´s history.