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Ruana for Spring

The Alpaca ponchos, a native culture that originated in South America, are suitable for winters. The poncho was integrated into the lives of South Americans thousands of years ago. In the cold mountains, the practical and warm poncho is essential for locals.

 

In the Age of Discovery, Spain colonized South America. European silk and wool were also introduced to the Americas, enriching the material of the ponchos, and the culture gradually expanded to the Central American, North American and European markets. In response to the relatively hot, dry and warm climate in Europe, ponchos made of cotton, linen and other materials are more suitable in Europe in spring and early summer.

In spring and early summer, the ruana is the suitable daily wear ( Source: philomena peru)

Ruana, the open poncho

The common term "Poncho" comes mainly from the Mapuche people in South America. It means "blanket". The whole piece has no opening, and is put on directly from top to bottom. "Ruana", another style, open like cardigans, originated from the Guane tribe in northern South America. It means "sweater, shirt" and resembles a shawl. It is relatively elegant to wear and does not easily mess up the hair.

A one-piece poncho (left) and a cardigan-like Ruana (right) (Source: Sousoucorner, all free knitting)

The cultural heritage lasts two thousand years. Different styles of ponchos can be seen everywhere in South America, especially in Peru, where it originated. Local boutique brands have been set up and created marvelous design and fashion.

Philomena, workshop for artisans from Peru

The word "Philomena" is a classic name in Peruvian culture, reflecting the Andes female character and symbolizing femininity and determination. As a brand workshop, Philomena has been established for nearly eight years. It aims to preserve and continue Peru’s weaving craftsmanship, and to discover and empower women working in the region. It also advocates slow fashion, attentively spending more time on each piece of clothing. They combine traditional textile technology with modern fashion trends, using natural and eco-friendly wool and fabrics, and insist on 100% handmade production.

Sousou Project 07|Ruana de Los Andes

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