Ponchos are Phenomenal


Chilean Man in Poncho

Here at BeWeave It Headquarters in colorful Colorado we’ve already had our first snow and have finally resigned ourselves to the fact that winter is indeed coming. While there is much sadness at the end of warm weather, we’re excited to finally break out all our favorite handwoven cold-weather clothing including our trusty ponchos.

The poncho has been used for centuries by various Andean cultures to keep warm in the chilly mountain weather. While ponchos are a rather simple sort of garment—basically they’re just a sheet of fabric with a hole for the head—they can be woven in beautiful bright colors and intricate designs. (You can see a photo of a lovely exhibit of colorful ponchos and other Andean textiles here at the ClothRoads website.) Ponchos were great not only because they were incredibly warm (imagine wearing a nice warm wool blanket in chilly weather), but also because they allowed the wearer to have a full range of arm movement while staying warm.

Over time, the poncho moved throughout the Americas and took many different forms from the sarape to the ruana to the high-fashion lacy ponchos designed more for style than for warmth. In the 1960s, the poncho became a part of popular culture with the release of Sergio Leone's "Dollars Trilogy." In each film of the trilogy, the Man With No Name, as played by Clint Eastwood, wears a poncho. (In fact, if you want a bit of movie trivia, Clint wore the same poncho in all three films with no cleaning during or between filming.) 

So if you're looking for some unique and stylish cold-weather gear with a long history, we suggest you pick up a poncho or weave one to wear. 

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