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The poncho had humble beginnings (unambiguous genesis) as it was one of the typical clothes of the Paracas, a Peruvian, pre-Inca Culture around 500 B.C. The Poncho, nowadays, is commonly associated with the Americas. Ponchos are an enduring favorite, the world’s most versatile garment, a perfect cardigan alternative, slipping in & out of fashion since the late 1800’s and are important trends in mainstream fashion these days.
Traditionally woven from Llamas & alpaca hair, a poncho consists of a square or rectangular piece of cloth, essentially a blanket, with a hole in the middle for the head. This concept is seen in some form on nearly every continent. As traditional clothing, the local names and variants are:
• Poncho, most of Spanish-speaking countries and worldwide
• Chamanto, only in central Chile, poncho in the north and south
• Jorongo, usually larger or full-length, and often used for special occasions or horse-back riding
• Gaban, typical in Michoacán, Mexico
• Ruana, in cold regions of Colombia and Venezuela
• Zarape (pronounced "serape" in English, sometimes "sarape"), a poncho made in the Mexican state of Coahuila in north-eastern Mexico, near the city of Saltillo
• Poncho chilote, a heavy woolen poncho of Chiloé Archipelago