Tehuana: Consists of a loose fitting blouse matched with a long colourful skirt to cover much of the body as it is fastened higher in the torso instead of the waist. It is a traditional dress for women. The Tehuana dress has become a symbol of the region and the Zapotec culture, it's also considered a symbol of female empowerment, as the women of Tehuantepec have a strong tradition of self-sufficiency and leadership.

Sarape: It is a large blanket that is worn as a cloak, similar to a poncho in Brazil. Due to its size, it can also be used as a curtain, table cloth or even as a wall decoration. Mostly worn by men.

Rebozo: Similar to the Serape, it is mostly used by women as a cover around the head from the harsh sun. It is also used as an accessory to carry children and also keep warm in cold conditions. The Rebozo is an item of ancestry as most women inherit them from their mothers.

Resplandor: It is a head dress meant for women and made of white lace and decorated with ribbons. It is usually handmade. It is also tailored to give a tight fit around the face when worn.


Gala Pollera: A type of dress carried on from the Spanish colonialists. It is usually worn with expensive jewellery during festive seasons. The dress is most times passed down to following generations since they are quite expensive to acquire. The Gala Pollera is a fancy type of pollera as it has more enhanced decorations on it.

Montuna Pollera: It is a more casual type of pollera as it is straighter and has less decorations on it.

Paja toquilla: A traditional Panama hat made from the fibers of the toquilla palm, worn by both men and women.

Mola: A traditional blouse or dress, made by the Kuna indigenous people, featuring intricate, colorful embroidery and applique.

Chacara: A traditional hat worn by men, made of palm leaves. It's typically worn in the rural areas of the country, especially by farmers and other manual laborers. The chacara is worn to protect from the sun and rain, it is made with a conical shape and has a wide brim.


Guayabera shirt: A traditional casual shirt meant for men.

Guayabera dress: A dress meant for women and made of light cotton or linen and have a number of pockets. For decoration, the dress is usually embroidered or ribbons attached to it. The dress is also designed to be buttoned up.


Golas: A female garment denoted by long bright coloured skirts worn with leather sandals. The torso is covered with flowered blouses with different colour combinations. The skirt is usually flares to allow for easy movement on dancing in festivals.


Wob Dwiyet (“Grand Robe”) is made up of mouchoir, foulard, jupe, chemise, and “jupon a dantell. The wob dwiyet is worn by women, while the men dress in black slacks, awhite shirt and red sash.