The poncho, a space for the head to pass through and a sleeveless garment with unsewn sides, has its origins in South America along the Andes Mountains. A poncho is an outer garment designed to help keep the body warm. There is A rain poncho made from a watertight material designed to keep the body dry from the rain. Ponchos are now considered garments and have been used by the Native American peoples of the Andes because pre-Hispanic times. It is believed to come from the Quechua puchu or Mapudungun pontro, although the origin of the word poncho isn't clear. Popular among all the people who have lived along the Andes the poncho is a very important cultural icon for many people.

One of those indigenous populations has formed the largest group of Indians in South America, which once stood at almost 1.5 million at the beginning of the 21st Century. The Mapuche people historically occupied half of the territory we know today as Chile and Argentina, but their existence has significantly declined and they now occupy about ten % of the Chilean and Argentine populations respectively. It was the Mapuche who spread what we know as the poncho throughout Spain and Latin America although there is contention concerning the exact origin of this garment.

The Mapuche are fashioned a range of items as well as ponchos, including dresses, headbands and shawls and weavers. By slitting a hole in a length of fabric that's then placed around the neck, allowing the material to drape over the 30, the poncho itself is created.

Rain expulsion is included by uses for the poncho - . A garment based on the poncho was used as raincoats for US troops. And of course as a fashion thing, ponchos are a style piece in western nations during autumn and winter. Produced in a range of designs and fabrics and Popular among girls of all ages, 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 closely connected to culture In the Sarape with Iberian and pre-Hispanic motifs' form. This colorful cloth 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 (popular in tourist areas, these have a much slacker weave and are worn loosely over the shoulders).

Although the poncho was formerly a traditional 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 seen in the majority of style outlets.

Even though in history men were allowed to wear ponchos' lavish designs, it seems that modern women are now taking their revenge by wearing bright and incredibly 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 certainly complete.

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