Considered the most beautiful costume in the world, the Panamanian pollera is a colorful dress that exudes splendor, distinction, and elegance. Artisans execute every detail involved in the sewing, art, design, and style of each variety, the most well known being: white gala attire (Pollera Santeña); chintz peasant dress (Pollera Montuna); with openwork darning,embroidery, or cross-stitch (Pollera con Labores); household blouse (La Basquiña); and with colorfully striped ribbons (La Pollera Tireada).
The pollera consists of two major pieces, a blouse and a long skirt, both decorated in fine cloth.
The Azuero Peninsula, comprising the provinces of Herrera, Los Santos and part of Veraguas, is where to today artisans conserve the authenticity of the delicate and laborious process of tailoring polleras.
The pollera can be made from the following fabrics:
Linen: Tela de Hilo, El Coco, La Crea de Hilo, El Holán de Motitas
Cotton: El Percal, La Tela Confusa, El Opal, El Anjeo, La Zaraza
Every Panamanian woman dreams of wearing a pollera, which makes her feel proud of the customs and traditions that enrich this isthmus.
It's important to note that the pollera can come in any color, as with the hair adornments and shoes, all depending on its style, type, and category.