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A brief history of women's clothing (ponchos)

The poncho, a sleeveless garment with unsewn sides and a space for the head to pass through, has its roots in South America along the Andes Mountains. There is A poncho an outer garment designed to help keep the body warm. A rain poncho is made. Ponchos are used by the Native peoples of the Andes because times and are considered typical South American clothing. It is thought to come from Mapudungun pontro or the Quechua puchu although the origin of the term poncho isn't clear. Popular among all the people who have lived across the Andes the poncho is also a very important icon for some people that are indigenous.

The Mapuche individuals historically occupied half of the territory we know now as Chile and Argentina, but their existence has significantly declined and they currently occupy about 10 percent of the Chilean and Argentine populations respectively. Although there's contention as to the origin of the garment, it was the Mapuche who spread what we know today as the poncho throughout Spain and Latin America.

The Mapuche are highly-skilled weavers and fashioned a range of items as well as ponchos, including shawls, dresses and headbands. Slitting allowing the material to drape over the shoulders itself makes the poncho. The poncho also held connotations of power among the Mapuche population; the stepped-diamond motif (see left image) was considered to be a sign of authority and was frequently only worn by older men, leaders and the heads of the paternal lineage in families.

Rain expulsion is included by uses for the poncho - polyethylene waterproof cloaks in the poncho shape are worn to protect against the rain. A garment based on the poncho was even employed during the Civil War as raincoats for US troops. And ponchos are a prominent style piece during winter and autumn in western countries. Popular among girls of all ages and produced in a range of fabrics and designs, the poncho is one of those must-haves in the fashion world.

Having been worn by their people for hundreds of years, the poncho is also linked to Mexican culture In the Sarape with motifs' shape. This vibrant cloth is considered an iconic symbol of Mexico. The Mexican poncho has two distinct styles.

Even though the poncho was previously a conventional clothing item born out of the necessity to keep warm and protect the body from harsh weather conditions while still having the freedom of movement to keep on working comfortably, it is now more often worn as a fashion accessory and can be found in the vast majority of style outlets.



Even though in history males were allowed to wear the lavish designs of ponchos, it appears that women are taking their revenge by sporting bright and intricately patterned ponchos during the colder months. The poncho continues to be a popular item of clothing and its journey from South America to the west is complete.

If you wish to see more about ponchos, you should click on the next homepages: Poncho at Wikipedia and also


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