7 junio, 2024

Clothing of the Ecuadorian Amazon

The Ecuadorian Amazon clothing It depends on the indigenous people in question, but it generally consists of short pants up to the knee, and long blouses of various colors, which they dye themselves. This outfit is worn by both the man and the woman.

They wear a headband made from the feathers of birds that they themselves hunt, and they don’t wear shoes. They always carry a bow and arrows with them to hunt. These tools/weapons are also made by them.

They decorate the chontas bow and arrows with tree bark and feathers of various colors. As an ornament they wear necklaces, bracelets, caricillos, and laces, among other ornaments.

The clothing of the Ecuadorian Amazon according to the indigenous people

Several indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest still wear traditional feathered headdresses, and other accessories with ethnic or tribal significance.

These towns preserve their traditions, ways of life, organization and also their clothing.

Amazon Kichwa

The Kichwa are settled in the upper area of ​​the province of Napo, Sucumbíos. Women’s clothing cIt consisted of a skirt made with lanchama, pita. In the men, in deer leather pants up to the ankles, and they did not wear shoes.

Currently, and due to the influence of young people who come to study in nearby cities, only 10% of the tribe uses this clothing.


They also live in Sucumbíos, occupying four cantons. Their clothing has varied due to external influences. They wore a colorful cushma or nightgown. Both men and women wear a large number of colored necklaces.

On some special occasions they wear a necklace of jaguar teeth. They wore crowns of feathers, pierced their noses and ears, and painted their faces with achiote.


They also live in Sucumbíos. His clothing is made with materials from his environment.

The raw material is a fiber from a tree called lanchama, they wear a crown of feathers, from the largest birds in the jungle, and they paint their faces in the shape of a cross.


They also live in Sucumbíos. The women wear a knee-length skirt, necklaces, nose rings, earrings, and crowns made of seeds.

The men wore the cushma or long nightdress, which has been lost as a result of the ridicule of the colonists.


Also called sabela, ahuishiri, auca or huao. This town preserves its isolation and lives naked.

All their clothing consists for the man in a cord at the waist that keeps his virile member tied up. And in the woman a garment tied at the waist made with tree bark.


They are distributed throughout the provinces of Morona, Santiago, Pastaza and Zamora Chinchipe, with settlements in Sucumbíos, Orellana, Guayas and Esmeraldas.

The Shuar woman’s clothing is the karachi, tied on one shoulder and fitted at the waist. This is complemented by body painting and typical ornaments, such as the tukunap, or reed stick, which is placed in a piercing of the lower lip.

Akiamu earrings are made with toucan feathers, feathers, nupi seeds and beetle wings. They also wear shakap belts, which are actually musical instruments, with which the women keep the rhythm of the dance.

The man wore a skirt called an itip, woven from cotton and dyed vertically in purple, red, black, and white.

This skirt wraps from the waist to the ankles and is supported by a sash. In the past, they wore the kamush, made from crushed tree bark.

They wear a variety of toucan feather crowns, and paint their faces with animal designs, which according to their tradition convey their powers.

At present they dress in the western style, except in cultural celebrations, which use traditional clothing.


Typical Ecuadorian costumes. Recovered from newstravel.com
Ceremonial and protocol. Recovered from fido.palermo.edu
Amazon region (2012). Recovered from utegabriela.blogspot.com.ar
Natural wonders of Ecuador. Retrieved from miecuadorllrrss.blogspot.com.ar.

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