The poncho, a space for the head to pass through and a well-known sleeveless garment with unsewn sides, has its origins. A poncho is an outer garment designed to keep the body warm. There is A rain poncho made. Ponchos are now considered garments and have been used by the Native American peoples of the Andes because times. It is believed to come from Mapudungun pontro or the Quechua puchu although the origin of the term poncho is not clear. Popular among all the people who have lived along the Andes the poncho is a very important cultural icon for many native people.
The Mapuche individuals historically occupied half of the land we know now as Chile and Argentina, but their presence has significantly declined and they currently occupy about 10 percent of the Chilean and Argentine populations respectively. It was the Mapuche who spread what we know today as the poncho throughout Spain and Latin America although there is contention as to the origin of the garment.
The Mapuche are highly-skilled weavers and fashioned a number of items in addition to 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 picture) was considered to be a sign of authority and was often only worn by elderly men, leaders and the heads of the paternal lineage in families.
Rain expulsion is included by current uses for the poncho – . A garment based on the poncho was used as raincoats for US troops during the Civil War. And ponchos are a prominent style piece in western nations during autumn and winter. Popular among women of all ages and produced in a range of designs and fabrics, the poncho is one of the must-haves in the fashion world.
Having been worn by their people for Centuries, the poncho is closely connected to culture In the Sarape with pre-Hispanic and Iberian motifs’ form. This vibrant cloth is widely considered an iconic symbol of Mexico. The Mexican poncho has two different styles. The serape poncho (seen in various colors and with fringed bottoms, these are long shawls which seem 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 often worn as a fashion accessory and can be found in the majority of style outlets. Ponchos have also been drawn to public attention when worn by renowned faces; for example, the actor Clint Eastwood famously wore a poncho from the 1964 film “A Fistful of Dollars” and more recently the former President George Bush donned a traditional Peruvian poncho alongside the then Japanese Prime Minister and South Korean President in the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation in 2008.
Ironically, even though in history men were allowed to wear the lavish designs of ponchos, it appears that girls are taking their revenge by wearing bright and intricately patterned ponchos. The poncho continues to be a item of clothing and its journey from South America to the west is complete.