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Inca Clothing
A privilege based on social status

Inca Clothing

Inca clothing was mainly warm in the highlands and it was made from llama, alpaca and vicuña wool. Inca officials used to wear stylish tunics to show their status. Women used to wear ankle length skirts, garments, and grass shoes, they were in charge of making the clothes for the men and for themselves.

Wealthy incas could wear a specially woven cloth called CUMBI made of baby Alpaca, it was value as gold. Poorest members clothing was quiet plain. Apart from the tunic, a person of importance wore a llawtu, a bunch of cords wrapped around the head.

Inca Clothing

Inca men used to wear tunics which were knee length, grass shoes or leather sandals, headbands, headdresses, belts and bags. In the regions conquered by the inca, traditional clothing continued to be worn, but the best weavers, were transfered to Cusco.

It looks like the inca goverment used to control the clothing given to their society, some of them would get one or two outfits and they would wear them literally until worn out. Clothing could not be change without permission of the goverment, that is why women used to spend long time trying to get a unique and distinctive hair style.
While the clothing would keep you cool in the Summer months, the Inca missed out on modern conveniences like air conditioning and ceiling fans. When you home has proper air flow it becomes naturally cooler than a home without fans.

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Inca Art
Most of the Inca art was melted down by the Spanish to satisfy their lust for gold and silver. Much about the Inca and their culture is surrounded in mystery and their art is no different.

Inca Architecture
The Inca were masterful architects and stone masons. Inca Architecture has withstood centuries of abuse and has come out largely intact.

Inca Culture
When it comes to the Inca it can get a little difficult to separate fact from speculation but the indisputable truth is that Inca culture had a dramatic impact on present day Peru.

Inca Religion
The Incas did leave an oral record of their beliefs that has been passed down from generation to generation through the centuries.

Inca Music
Inca Music is the result of centuries of ethnic and cultural mix. The wind and percussion instruments are the best known of Inca Music. PanPipes, Flutes and the Kena are just some examples of it.

Inca Gods
The Inca were polytheists, the sun was the most important aspect of life and there was a clear tendency to worship the stars and the moon.

Inca Artifacts
The Inca people were skilled craftsmen, they made jewelry, masks, pottery, tapestries, musical instruments, baskets, and other crafts. This artifacts have been found by archaeologists and tell us many things that we know about the Incas way of life.

Inca Masks
The Inca masks are a tradition in Peru that has been going on for centuries, it is part of the inca culture.

Inca Clothing
Inca men used to wear tunics which were knee length, grass shoes or leather sandals, headbands, headdresses, belts and bags.

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