Pollera (or “pollera panameña”) is a traditional and iconic dress in Panama, known for its vibrant colors and intricate embroidery. This beautiful attire has a rich cultural history, dating back to the colonial period when Panama was under Spanish rule. Its name, “pollera,” is derived from the Spanish word “pollo,” meaning chicken, because the dress’s ruffled and layered skirt resembled the feathers of a chicken. Pollera has evolved over the centuries, blending indigenous, European, and African influences, and has become a symbol of Panamanian identity. It is often worn on special occasions and festivals, celebrating the country’s unique cultural heritage and craftsmanship.