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A concise history of women's clothing (ponchos)


The poncho, a space for the head to pass through and a renowned sleeveless garment with unsewn sides, has its origins. There is A poncho an outer garment designed to help keep the body warm. There is A rain poncho made from a material designed to keep the body dry from the rain. Ponchos are used by the Native American peoples of the Andes because times and are now considered American clothing. It is believed to come from the Quechua puchu or Mapudungun pontro although the origin of the term poncho is not clear. Popular among all the people who have lived along the Andes the poncho is also a very important icon for many men and women.

One of these indigenous inhabitants has formed the largest group of Indians in South America, which once stood at nearly 1.5 million at the beginning of the 21st Century. The Mapuche people historically occupied half of the territory we know now as Chile and Argentina, but their presence has significantly declined and they now occupy about 10% of the Chilean and Argentine populations respectively. Although there's contention as to the specific origin of this garment, it was the Mapuche who spread what we know today as the poncho throughout Spain and Latin America.

The Mapuche are created a range of items as well as ponchos, including dresses, headbands and shawls and weavers. Slitting a hole at a period of fabric that's then placed around the neck, 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 picture) 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 households.

Uses for the poncho include rain expulsion - polyethylene waterproof cloaks in the poncho form are worn to protect against the rain. A garment depending on the poncho was employed as raincoats for US troops during the Civil War. And ponchos are a style piece during autumn and winter. Popular among women of all ages and produced in a selection of fabrics and designs, the poncho is among those must-haves in the fashion world.

Having been worn by their people for hundreds of years, the poncho is also closely linked to culture In the Sarape with Iberian and pre-Hispanic motifs' form. This colorful cloth is widely considered an iconic symbol of Mexico. The poncho has two different styles. The serape poncho (seen in various colors and with fringed bottoms, these are long shawls which look like fashioned blankets= and the falsa poncho (popular in tourist areas, these have a much slacker weave and are worn loosely over the shoulders).

Although 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 motion to continue working comfortably, it's now more frequently worn as a fashion accessory and can be seen in the majority of style outlets.

Even though in history men were permitted to wear the more lavish designs of ponchos, it seems that women are taking their revenge by wearing bright and incredibly intricately patterned ponchos. The poncho continues to be a hugely popular item of clothing and its journey from South America to the west is certainly complete.

For more information about ponchos, remember to select those websites: Wikipedia about Ponchos and also http://www.shopmetoday.de/ratg eber/24/wie-traegt-und-kombini ert-man-ponchos-richtig.html

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