The original garments worn by farmers in Callejon de Huaylas disappeared gradually due to the stronger cultural influences imposed by the conquerors. The robe and cloak worn by men and women (men wore knee-length robes and those worn by women were longer) were cast aside. Colonial influence was such that both men and women began to acquire western customs. This way of dress lasted until the first decades of the last century, without leaving any vestige of the original garments worn by Andean people.

It was so that men began to wear black bayeta (type of fabric made from sheep's wool) pants, generally with a fold at the hem. In some communities such as in Vicos - Carhuaz, it was decorated at the hem with an opening with buttons through which one could see the breeches made out of white bayeta , in accordance to Andalusian style. It became customary to wear a collarless shirt, vest, fitted jacket and a band that was wrapped around the waist several times. Ponchos were still used as garments to keep warm or as a blanket for sleeping.

Women radically changed their way of dressing. Waists were tightly bound and the saya, (a single skirt), was replaced with several multicolored bayeta skirts, imitating corsets and full medieval skirts. Blouses were covered in lace and shirtfronts were embroidered in bright colors. Hats were made from pressed wool making them extremely hard. This type of workmanship originated from popular art. Unfortunately, it is a custom that is disappearing.

 

 

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