The Poncho is a staple part of Autumn fashion with designers creating an array of styles and shapes in a variety of fabrics and patterns. It’s always been the way with this intriguing garment, colour, textures and patterns have been a constant since they were first used.
The Poncho A brief History:
As we have added some fabulous new Powder Uk poncho’s to our store, we thought it might be interesting to take a look back at the origins of this wonderful and versatile garment.
The poncho used to be a sleeveless garment with unsewn sides and a space for the head to pass through, (this has changed with fashion and the sides now tend to be sewn sometimes as well). It originated in South America along the Andes Mountains.
The word poncho is believed to come from the Quechua puchu or Mapudungun pontro. The poncho is also a very important cultural icon for some indigenous people, it was the Mapuche who spread what we know today as the poncho throughout Spain and Latin America.
Highly-skilled weavers, they fashioned a number of items as well as ponchos, including headbands, dresses and shawls. The poncho held a sense of power among the Mapuche population with certain patterns symbolising signs of dominance and hierarchy.
The poncho is linked to Mexican life as well and is widely considered an iconic symbol of Mexico. The Mexican poncho has two distinct styles:
The serape poncho – found in assorted colors and with fringed bottoms, these are long shawls which look like fashioned blankets; and the falsa poncho, more popular in tourist areas, these have a much slacker weave and are worn loosely over the shoulders.
Originally a male garment, ladies have now claimed them as a must have fashion piece with lavish designs and feminine traits added to the styles.
Here at oceanj we are delighted to bring you the fabulous Powder UK collection, with fabulous colours and textures and a hint of glamour with fur collars on some of the styles. We hope you like them as much as we do. They are, after all, a must have for Autumn and winter.
Note: Elements of this article have been drawn from donquijote.com a fascinating website well worth a visit.