One day in the afternoon, I went to the Indian Market on 5312 Ave. Petit Thouars in Miraflores, Lima to buy souvenirs for my family.
While walking through the kiosks I saw gloves, socks, hats, shirts and pants made of Alpaca. I also saw Handicrafts, leather sandals, typical candies of Peru, silver jewelry and/or huayruro (stones that symbolize good luck and attracts fortune). People could also find tequila shot glasses, key chains, wallets, purses, pens and pipes representing Peru. I also could not miss the sale of Peruvian music discs and instruments.
With so many options I ended up buying more for myself than for others. I bought a spider Nazca lines necklace, a silver ring, a pendant of the Andean silver cross (ancient symbol originally from indigenous peoples, where each corner of the cross represents one month), and gloves from the cold hand embroidery.
After I bought everything that I found interesting for myself, I bought a silver bracelet with turquoise stones for my sister, a shirt with embroidered Nazca lines for my dad, and a handmade silver ring for my mom. For my boyfriend, I bought a shirt with the logo of the beer of Cusco, Peru’s most common beer.
Thus concluded my shopping in the Indian Market, I spent about $60 for everything.
Even while buying souvenirs for people I learned about the Peruvian culture. Each gift or thing that I bought has a meaning. That’s what satisfies me more than to give them something; to be able to explain to them where each garment comes from and its meaning.