"The Alasita" is the cultural expression of strong roots of Andean societies, where you can perceive the continuity and permanence of knowledge and skills related to fertility and abundance.
According to the historian of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Johnny Guerrero, in "The Alasita" small items that are purchased by people with faith and desire to increase their property and assets are represented.
During the nineteenth century, "La Alasita" was related to the religious feast of Our Lady of La Paz, held every 23 y 24 de enero; both were developed around the Plaza Mayor (Current Plaza Murillo) and Plaza 16 of July (Currently Av. 16 July or "Prado"). On the one hand, In the cathedral, religious ceremonies were held in honor of Our Lady of La Paz and other, was installed in the square a show called "Plaza de Alasita", "Paseo de Alasita" or simply "Alasita".
Among the most characteristic objects expended during this time were kitchen utensils, groceries, furniture, dresses, to small chandeliers with fine filigree ornaments. By the end of the decade 1850 the first newspapers appeared miniature or "periodiquitos", including "The Moscardón", "The Zurriago" and "Syringe".
At first, these thumbnails rifaban and purchased with metal buttons (called "shining amarrillos"), especially copper. Vendors and artisans gathered the buttons and finally sold for cash. This custom from 1880 he was lost and the cost of raffles started paying in coins small cut.