Clothing From The Caribbean Region Of Colombia (traditional Costumes)

The wardrobe of the Caribbean region of Colombia  consists of very soft and fresh clothes, due to the weather conditions of heat and high humidity in this part of the country. This dress is designed with very bright and cheerful colors.

The men wear linen trousers and a white or warm-colored shirt, which they combine with the “vueltiao” hat (due to the way it is braided) and a red “tail and rooster” scarf.

Women often wear low-cut blouses with uncovered shoulders and wide skirts in bright colors, patterned with pictures and decorated with appliqués and ribbons. These skirts end in a ruffle at the bottom.

Traditional costumes

Traditional costumes are used in popular festivals and fairs, also in music or dance festivals that take place throughout the year in different places in the region. The typical costumes vary according to the musical rhythm or the dance that is executed.

1- Cumbia wardrobe


Women wear a soft, low-cut blouse with ruffles on the sleeves and lower part of the waist, although this may vary.

They also wear a wide skirt finely decorated with appliqués and ribbons, usually finished in a ruffle at the bottom.

They usually wear their hair in a bun, which is decorated with a small bouquet of red flowers. They also wear jewelry and accessories.

Women’s footwear can be baletas, which are made of canvas fabric and flat leather soles.


The men’s wardrobe consists of a white long-sleeved shirt and white pants, rolled up at the ankles. They wear the traditional straw hat and a red scarf tied around the neck.

They carry a small bag or backpack with brightly colored horizontal stripes slung over the shoulder and across the chest.

They wear shoes called encompasses three stitches of raw leather or rubber, which only cover the soles of the feet. They secure these shoes on the instep and ankle with straps.

2- Vallenato wardrobe


The traditional piloneras dress for the vallenato dance consists of a cotton skirt, with small flower prints. It is long and curly, with washers in the hem and finished with lace.

The upper piece is a bodice with three-quarter sleeves that is adjusted to the waist, from which another washer similar to that of the skirt comes out that falls on the hips.


The men wear linen trousers, a white shirt and a red scarf tied around the neck. When they do not wear the “vueltiao” hat, they also wear a headdress or cap on the head, which is adorned with flowers of various colors made of paper.

3- Locker room of the joint

Bunde. Source: Marco Antonio González Escudero, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


The women wear a simple mid-calf skirt with little flare and a low-cut, sleeveless top without grommets.

Both pieces are in bright or pastel colors. They also wear head ornaments such as bouquets of flowers, combs or headbands, and wear sandals or grannies.


Men wear a white long-sleeved shirt with a high collar and cuffs, or guayabera and liqui liqui. They fit you cover three stitches and use the “vueltiao” hat.

The trousers are made of denim or gabardine, generally white or ocher, and have a straight boot with a heel or hem.

4- Wuayú clothing


The indigenous women of the Wuayú ethnic group who live in the department of La Guajira wear very colorful blankets, which are combined with sandals and wool tassels.

The men are almost always barefoot and wear guayucos or loincloths with a sash. They adorn their heads with a knitted cap or carracha of many colors, ending in a peacock feather in the center.

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