The poncho: a practical fashion accessory

Both ancestral and contemporary, the poncho is a garment that is part of the Peruvian textile tradition. The poncho has cross time and borders : present in Asia, but also in the Incas, Nazcas and Paracas cultures.

Here is the history of the poncho, the secrets of its popularity today, and the many ways to wear it.

Origins and history of the poncho

The poncho is a typical garment and a traditional heritage of Peru, it is designed as a simple coat that protected people from the cold of winter. It consists of a thick piece of fabric in the shape of a rectangle, cut in the middle to allow the head to pass. The fabric falls on the body and allows the arms to move freely.

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The wool poncho is an outer garment that was originally used by the country folk and was a must for traveling on horseback. It is an ideal garment for protection against rain, dust, hot and cold. Among the Peruvians, each man had his own poncho and its use depended on the context and the situation.

In winter, the poncho was wrapped around the body to protect it from the cold, and in hot weather it was worn around the shoulder. On horseback, it was either wrapped around the belt or worn naturally to protect the body and thighs. The wool poncho was also widely used as a blanket for sleeping.

Why is the poncho so successful?

The poncho is a timeless piece of clothing that has crossed time and borders without aging. It can be worn in many ways and brings style, comfort and elegance. Whether at home or in the street, the poncho offers a relaxed style as well as a bohemian and ethnic look.

It is a garment that brings a cocooning aspect, while being chic and trendy and above all very practical. The poncho is indeed easy to wear and effectively protects from the cold and rain, and this is what makes it so popular.

If originally the poncho was worn in winter, for protection reasons, today it has been able to transform into a real fashion phenomenon, available in several versions. The ways to wear it are endless, and its cut advantageously emphasizes the silhouette by highlighting the legs. Just pair the poncho with slim fit jeans or leather pants and heeled ankle boots to be perfectly stylish.

How to wear the poncho in style?

The poncho easily adapts to all styles, all body types, and whatever the occasion. It certainly does not replace a large coat or down jacket but it is perfect in the fall period, to keep warm, with style and elegance.

The poncho is a garment that instantly revamps an outfit, even the most basic and classic. Do not hesitate to adopt it, for a furiously trendy look. Inspired by Latin American cultures, it brings an ethnic and fantasy style. You have the choice between a modern poncho that you find in supermarkets, or a handcrafted poncho, with Nepalese know-how.

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The poncho in total black look

Being considered a universal coat, the black poncho is suitable for sophisticated outfits as well as a chic look. It is perfectly suited to all types of occasions and can be worn with a black dress or black pants. The total black look with a poncho is easy to compose, practical, and elegant.

Daring colors with the poncho

Originally, the poncho was made with organic fibers, and the peoples of America who wore it favored natural colors. Thus, the dominant colors were brown, burgundy, black or beige.

Today the range of colors and shades is much more varied and richer. It is found in the tones that are the trend of each winter and it adapts easily to all fashions. The modern poncho never goes unnoticed and it attracts attention by the class it brings to an outfit.

It comes in bright colors like red, pink or bright yellow, to enhance a classic outfit or to emphasize a more sober look. Otherwise a poncho in soft pastel colors is ideal for gray days to add some sunshine.

Dare the colorful poncho with a short skirt and boots, or with pants in classic colors.

Wear a poncho with a short dress

What if you could enjoy the good weather while staying warm under your poncho? According to your desires, and the colors you like, associate a light poncho with a dress in the same tones or black. Whether in cool weather or on milder days, the poncho will adapt and bring you the necessary comfort.

Don’t hesitate to try the black poncho with ethnic patterns, over a little black dress, for a chic and trendy look.

Add a beanie or hat

Get inspired by the peoples of America, and reproduce their look, by matching your poncho with a beanie. Whether with a modern hat or with a woolen hat, you can play with accessories to bring more style to your outfit.

Adopt a boho chic style with a poncho

If you are a fan of the hippie style or the bohemian trend, then the poncho is the garment you need. It is a fashion accessory that has re-appeared in the West with the rise of the hippie movement. This style has been so successful that today it has become a fashion must-have.

For a boho chic look, the poncho can be worn with a long dress, playing on layers of colors and tones.

Adapt the poncho to your body type

If you are small, prefer the graphic-chic poncho, with a contrast of colors at the edges. If you are taller, you can play it elegant by wearing your bohemian-chic poncho. For women who have a few curves, it is better to adopt flexible materials such as mesh, for a cool and easy-going style.

Arasia, an ethical initiative with its suppliers

Arasia has put in place an ethical approach with most of its suppliers in Asia.

We are concerned about the manufacturing conditions, and the comfort of workers. We made a point to visit the workshops to find out where our products come from.

The Thai pants and Thai skirts, for instance, are ordered from a very nice Thai couple, Bank and Tete.

They have a small ready-to wear business that make, sells and export traditional Thai clothes.

Here is Bank, my main contact with whom I communicate regularly and who has become a friend. He runs several small shops on the side of Hua Hin a seaside resort (200 km south of Bangkok).

The large packages next to him contain Thai pants and skirts ordered by Arasia.

The following picture was taken in a small village near Chiang Mai (northern Thailand), at the depot where Bank regroups all its orders after the clothes are made. From left to right: Cindy the founder of Arasia-Shop, Tété the wife of Bank and Som the cousin of Tété. Both women manage the orders and the administrative part of the business.

Thai pants and skirts are made in a small village near Chiang Mai by local seamstresses. When a large order is placed, most of the women in the village are asked to give a helping hand and help to carry out the order as soon as possible.

This councious partnership with Arasia ensures a comfortable and regular income for its suppliers and contributes to the improvement of their standard of living.

A relationship of trust has been established and Arasia can thus place orders from France and does not need to travel all the way to order.

Once the items are ready, they are grouped together with other orders and sent by boat to France (by containers). This means of transport takes more time, but is much less polluting than the airplane.

Here is a picture of the team managing logistics and exporting in Thailand, with Cindy the manager of Arasia on the right.

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Learn more about Thai pants with the article and the video.

Ethnic fashion, the harem pants and the brand ARASIA

Ethnic fashion is a set of clothing criteria that invites the eye in a colorful trip.

It a style that seeks to be authentic, refined with sometimes a spiritual meaning and a strong exoticism influence.

Ethnic fashion is inspired by the traditional attire or dresses of numerous Asian, African, etc. ethnicities. It is a mix of many styles with a wide range of varieties that have common features:

• Ethnic clothing is often colorful or even multicolored with fringes, feathers, and beads
• The fabrics bear geometrics or stylized patterns such as elephants, spiritual figures, trees, flowers and animals…
• The jewelry is made from natural and raw materials as wood, leather, rope and is sometimes adorned with small shells, mirrors semi-precious stones and/or metal.
• Ethnic fashion is mostly hand-made and from an age-old traditional expertise practiced by tribes, ethnicities and craftsmen of the world.

Those traditional dress codes are now used by fashion designers who updated them. Ethnic fashion can be chic as well as inexpensive but it is always laden with history and symbolism.

You can find in our online shop Arasia clothes inspired by Asian ethnicity such as the Hmong – they live in the mountains between China, Thailand and Vietnam – characterized by singular and original prints.

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You can also fin on our website the typical Thai pants and its related article here

Arasia’s Thai pants

Thai pants, also called Shan baun-mi or fisherman pants, are originally Thai fishermen’s pants. Nowadays they are often worn by tourists visiting Thailand, who have spread those pants all over the world.

Its convenience and its incredible comfort have made the Thai pants an essential item in the wellness and Buddhist world (massages, shiatsu, yoga …), indoor sports or martial arts, as well as for dance performances, batucada … etc

These pants allow a great freedom of movement. For this reason, it is highly appreciated by all those who want a garment that combines comfort and flexibility.

Suitable for many occasions, elegant and comfortable, sober or colorful, Thai pants is also a practical garment during pregnancy, since it adapts to the waist through a set of folds.

ARASIA offers a wide range of Thai pants, Thai trousers XL (20 cm longer for very tall people), Thai capris, as well as Thai pants for children.

Our pants are either in thick cotton, or in fine cotton, or in rayon, a fluid and light fabric, or in hemp, a very robust and natural fabric.

We also offer Thai skirts and shorts (medium and long).

Take a look at our Thai pants on our online store here !

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Arasia-Shop: the findings of a traveler …

We invite you to take a moment to relax and travel with us…

It’s probably because I was born under the sun of Martinique, a beautyful french island of the Carribbean sea … but I have always felt an irresistible urge to venture elsewhere: the distant horizons are at the heart of my dreams … and my life !
Travel wise, I’ve immerged myself into foreign cultures, admiring particularly the Asian culture: my favorite countries are Thailand, Indonesia, India or Nepal.
I like to share my findings, and I often talk on facebook, twitter, or on my blog!

Arasia-Shop, the story of a small human and fair trade!

In France, I worked in markets with street vendors and I gradually started to sell my findings … Over time and meetings, I have established relationships with small craftsmen and willingness to work fairly imposed itself on me as obvious:
Respect people and the value of their work, contribute (even on a small scale!) The development of the local economy, offer prices that are both accessible and fair and encourage environmentally responsible solutions … So many objectives, many steps, gradually defined in Arasia’s Code of Ethics .

Today, I still think about the best ways to take action:

ArasiaShop is part of the Toulouse Network Social Economy and Solidarity SOL Violette
During my next trip, I would give more space to natural materials such as organic cotton and natural dyes.
You can officially contribute to the fight against deforestation by helping me to plant trees in India.

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