The poncho a millenary garment

What I love most about the arrival of autumn and winter are these garments, they are in all colors, shapes, crochet, wool or crochet, whatever you choose makes you Be more creative with your closet and outfits.
If your thing is a boho style, ethno-folk or hippie chic … you’ll love reading this …
If you thought it was a “contemporary” garment because the ethnic and the “hand made” are fashionable.
Well, it’s not like this.
The original wool poncho is a garment that has its origins in Latin America, the Incas used it to protect themselves from the cold by being a versatile garment that allowed them to move in rocky and steep places.

The process of making this garment is a ritual, (or at least it was for the Incas and the communities that dressed with it). An artisan could take 2 to 4 months to make a piece.

They started with the collection of the llama fiber, which was later dyed with natural techniques, without contaminants or chemicals, all sustainable.

The observation of the landscape, hills, arid climates or even very humid, is essential at the moment of capturing their daily days in the figures, shapes and dyes that the garment would have.

The technique for the screening and weaving depends on the region but the most used are the vertical loom and the Creole loom. This work usually goes from generation to generation, but at least where the poncho was born (in the Andean region) it is transmitted from woman to woman, from grandmother to mother and from mother to daughter, it is a way in which the woman maintains contact with the earth , their roots and ancestors and according to their culture and beliefs it is essential that the woman is the one with this contact.

For its beauty and practicality it is granted an important space among the representative symbols of South America.

The poncho also represented the expression of the freedom of the gaucho, which transcended the world to the id was used by the progressive youth and the hippy movement in the 60s.

In the investigation of this post, I discovered something really wonderful, worth mentioning and applauding. In the NOA region, and in other surrounding communities, a ceremony is held where llamas, sheep and vicuñas are honored with colorful ribbons and the persons thank to the mother earth for obtaining the wool. And is through these animals it’s possible to make a poncho or shelter a whole family.

The poncho’s history, the reasons of its symmetry and its use, is a real jewel. It’s not a coincidence that the big emporiums of fashion have used this garment in fashion shows, collections and star products. Its incredible morphology reached the catwalks of brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Dior and Burberry.

Mexican brands and designers have not been left behind, permeating their stamp and essence by adding, fringes, folk prints, colorful designs and alternative materials.

Whatever your style and the different ways in which you can wear combine your poncho do not forget that it is a thousand-year-old garment and that it is proudly Latin American.

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Post Author: TF

1 thought on “The poncho a millenary garment

    Romeo Gabriel

    (December 11, 2018 - 9:01 am)

    I knew the poncho had the origin in Latin America, but I never thought that a artisan could take up to 4 months to complete. Everyday you learn something new

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