Buying crafts from Peru is like going on a journey of discovery of the best gold and silversmith heritages in the world. The limited use of machinery in the manufacturing process means that you will no doubt find unique artworks to take home with you.
The sheer range of crafts from Peru includes the wonderful arts of weaving, painting, pottery, silvers, and filigree. All you have to do is choose your favorite! However, with all the beautiful handicrafts on display, this might not be such an easy task.
So, whether you are on the hunt for crafts to take home as a souvenir or as a gift, here are some of the best options.
In Cuzco, one of the highlights of the city’s artistic heritage is its school of painters, as well as the works inspired by Andean and pre-Columbian art. If you are looking for something different, you absolutely must visit the famous Pisac Market, which takes place every Sunday in Plaza de Armas. The square is full of stalls offering a range of exciting artisan goods. Moving from stall to stall propels you into a world of vibrant colors and fabrics and a place where you can lose yourself for hours among the intricate details of the work on display. It is great talking to these master craftsmen and women about their methods and inspirations. When you find your favorite stall, request a personalized gift, and do some good-natured bargaining.
The craftsmen and women in Arequipa make their woven products using alpaca wool, which is considered to be one of the finest natural fibers in the world. If fashion is your thing, do not miss the chance to visit one of the many stores run by Grupo Inca, who offer a huge collection of top-quality clothing. All of their products are expertly designed using top-of-the-line technology and inspired by Peru’s ancient textile traditions. Also, at Incalpaca you can join their guided tour and learn more about the wide range of camelids (llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas) in Peru and discover firsthand how the company uses their fiber.
In Lima, you will find crafts from the length and breadth of the country brought together at the famous artisan market on Avenida Petit Thouars in the district of Miraflores. Work up an appetite with an afternoon stroll through the various stalls, and then enjoy some traditional Peruvian cooking. This center is the biggest in Lima and offers a huge range of high-quality goods at affordable prices. However, if you are looking for specialty stores, pay a visit to Jockey Plaza or Larcomar Mall where you will find many boutiques worth poking into. One of the most famous is Ilaria, which sells beautiful crafts made of mixed metals, as well as intricate wood carvings and striking sculptures inspired by traditional Peruvian imagery. These refined artworks are the ideal decoration for your home and the best way to take home a piece of this fascinating country. So, leave no stone unturned in your search for that perfect Peruvian handicraft or artwork.