In the market of Urubamba,, instead of dressing in rich contrast colors (Monday’s example) ¬†or focusing on bold mixes of neon colors and diamond patterns (Tuesday’s example), ¬†I noticed that women here dress in a more monochromatic color palette. ¬† ¬†Later today¬†I have an exampleof a very simple blue/white look with just a hint of green and yellow in her shopping bag.


Notice how beautifully her hair works with her ensemble, like she built her look around her silver locks.


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    April 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

    fantastic picture!!!

  2. Jenny Guillén

    April 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Bravo!!!!! <3 Per√ļ.

  3. Kin

    April 16, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Beautiful, deep, soulful eyes… very lovely!

  4. Cindy

    April 16, 2014 at 11:32 am

    What a beautiful face! I wish we celebrated the beauty of age more in the USA…

    By the way, the ensemble is also lovely.

    • Big M

      April 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm


  5. H*

    April 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

    It moves me that you see behond poverty…style really is about a feeling…thank you for explaining and sharing this. It is exactly what I look forward to when seeing a piece of art…I expect it to show me a different look over things, to move me…to teach me something.

  6. Denisa

    April 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Very nice pic.

  7. Laura Jardim

    April 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Have a nice trip! Peru has a fantastic people. I hope you enjoy archeology too and that you have time to see not only Cusco and Machu Pichu, but also the Moche and Chimu cultures at Trujillo, the Nasca lines, Caral, etc etc.. And that you eat a lot and make a lot of friends there.

  8. l'oliphant

    April 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

    love that portrait and that smile!

  9. dario

    April 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    amazing style¬°¬°¬°

  10. Anthony

    April 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  11. Helen

    April 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    She is lovely with her Mona Lisa smile!

  12. supal {chevrons & éclairs}

    April 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I love bold pattern mixes with color it reminds me of my own country, India. Lovely capture! x

  13. Rougeuse

    April 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    What a beautiful and peaceful image! x

  14. julijap

    April 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    love the expression in hers aces! and amazing folds! no botox-lies, just honest face <3

  15. It's About L.A

    April 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Amazing shot !


  16. RosaMaria

    April 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Very proper!

  17. sabine

    April 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I love the geometric play between the pattern of her braid and the zigzag print. Her look is so sophisticated, the clothes almost urban androgynous when compared with the decidedly feminine looks of some of the other Peruvian women you have captured in the past few days.

  18. Yolanda

    April 17, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Is she an angel? She has something heavenly in her eyes, peace and understanding. Lovely woman.

  19. M

    April 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    She’s got a glimmer in her eye. I love the pattern of her coat, too.

  20. Virginia L

    April 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    We can see all her character.

  21. Pip

    April 19, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Call me crazy, but I can really see and imagine her from when she was young.. she has the stance of a young 6-year-old child, but the wisdom of her years is so evident in her smile.

  22. Denise

    April 25, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I love that you are presenting Peruvian fashion as an examination of true style, and not treating it as “exotic” as regrettably many blogs or magazines from the dominant culture might. I am deeply touched by this representation and the idea that through thoughtful lenses, expression of art and self can be respected and enjoyed with the same fervour that one might discuss the latest Prada collection. As a Latina and a human being, I thank you. These Peru posts have reminded me why I continue to visit your blog after all these years. I look forward to you visiting many different, often overlooked corners of the world, so that those of us from those regions who find it difficult to appreciate our own worth and contributions to major industries, can begin to see our value even if through the eyes of a passerby. All the best xo

  23. university student.

    April 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Dear Sartorialist. You are very talented.
    I think your blog is generally cool, even for someone who isn’t mad about fashion.
    This comment may be too cerebral for this venue but I was a bit taken aback at your bit on Peru.
    Fashion is fashion but I think it is important to draw a distinction between fashion on the streets of Paris and ‘fashion’ on the streets of Lima.
    Your images are beautiful for various reasons but reducing traditional clothing and a changing way of life that has been present since the time of the Inca to ‘looks’ made me really question what you are trying to do here. To say that someone is ‘focusing’ on a particular tone or something is really hollowing out the reality of their existence, and furthermore objectifying and deep and complex cultural and material tradition that I don’t believe is adequately represented.
    I don’t mean to generalized here, but it seems to me that many of these people might be very poor. It isn’t as if they are ‘selecting spring tones’ of what matches what, I find this to be a very shallow and bizarre element of your blog.
    I feel that this represents a very colonial and the power asymetrical relationship between photographer and subject is barely noticed.
    and… maybe I’m wrong, thank you for thinking.

    • The Sartorialist

      April 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      hi University Student
      So what should i do when I shoot someone like this?
      I’m no more objectifying her than anyone else i shoot, in fact i think I’m treating her equally. Isn’t that the most fair I can be?

      Many of the poor in Peru make their livelihood from textiles and weaving, They have to make design choices about color and pattern for their weaving so I don’t think its such a stretch to imagine that they are able to choose what few clothes they have with a certain care.

  24. Sara

    February 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    What a beautiful face and what a classic sense of style.

    Thanks for sharing

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