What is a chullo hat?

Chullo hat or chullo hat peru (Spanish pronunciation: from Aymara: ch’ullu) is an Andean style of hat with earflaps, made from vicuña, alpaca, llama or sheep’s wool.[1] Alpaca has wool-like qualities that help to insulate its wearer from the harsh elements in the Andean Mountain region. Chullos often have ear-flaps that can be tied under the chin, to further warm the wearer’s head.

Hats have been used in the Andean Mountain region by indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Wearing different types and colors has significance among certain Andean natives[citation needed]. Acccording to Peruvian historian Arturo Jiménez Borja, the Chullo has its origins in the cultural exchange between Spaniards, who incorporated elements of their birretes and the original hat of the andeans.

In the American TV show South Park, the character Craig Tucker wears a blue chullo.

The humble chullo hat, before sudden fame had a unique purpose of warming the dark heads of the Andes population in Peru, it now is shown at famous fashion places and the designers make their good efforts to create flamboyant details for it. It may or may not be fashionable, the chullo and its classic earflaps made of yarn are completely 100% peruvian. It is a cap with earflaps, knitted of alpaca yarn or with similar animal yarn or in combination with synthetic fibers.

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