Exports of Peruvian hats increase

Peruvian Chullo

(LIP-jl) — The exportation of the traditional Peruvian hat, known as chullo in Peru, has seen export rates jump 161% according to the Association of Peruvian Exporters (ADEX in Spanish).

ADEX stated that the value for the exportation of chullos from January to October of this year reached USD599,399,000 compared to USD230,066,000 that was registered for the same period in 2005.

“This shows that our traditional Andean headdress continues its path towards conquering not only the catwalks of the most chic cities in the world, but also towards its acceptance by the general public,” affirmed ADEX.

ADEX also noted that the number of countries that imported the chullo during this period grew from 27 to 40. Mexico was the largest importer during this period receiving 47% of all Peru’s chullo exports.

Mexico’s purchases of the Andean headdress grew a staggering 761%from the previous year.

Other top importers of the Peruvian chullo are Japan with 21%, Italy with 8%, France with 7%, the US with 6%, and Germany with 2% among others.

ADEX also mentioned that exported chullos are primarily produced in the areas of Lima, Puno, Cuzco, Junín, Arequipa, Callao, Lambayeque, Huancavelica, and Ica.