This small village 4km north of Guararé produces the finest polleras in Panama. Once the daily attire of Spain’s lower classes in the 17th and 18th centuries, the pollera is today the national costume, distinguished by its stirring beauty and elegance. It is almost entirely handmade, from the attractive embroidery on the blouse and skirt to the delicate filigree ornaments tucked around the gold combs in the hair. The traditional assortment of jewelry worn with a pollera can cost upwards of US$10,000.
By convention, the pollera consists of two basic pieces: a camisola (blouse) that rests upon the shoulder tops and a pollerón (long skirt) divided into two fully gathered tiers. Each dress requires no less than 10m of fine white linen or cotton cloth. Elaborate multicolored needlework contrasts with the white background.
The gold and pearl tembleques (hair ornaments) worn with a pollera are passed down as heirlooms.