Special Colombia Now!
Contemporary Colombia: 14 Cultural Heroes And Highlights Worth Knowing.
Slide Nr 5
THE SYMBOL OF TRADITION – A poncho-style garment originating in the Andes, the ruana is deeply woven into Colombian history and tradition. In today’s fashion world, where the ongoing trend for ponchos and capes appears to be unstoppable, the ruana represents the original, authentic template: Colombians can be proud to wear a garment that might be called a ‘trend’ elsewhere, but here is part of their roots. This warming outer garment is originally from the cooler Andean region and consists of a square or rectangular four-pointed blanket made of 100% virgin wool, with a hole in the centre for the head. Although the ruana is characteristic of the inhabitants of the Cundiboyacense highlands, it can also be found in other places such as Pasto, Antioquia and Caldas. However, its true source is Nobsa, in Boyacá, where you’ll find both modern and traditional weaves of a quality that also ensures their export to Italy, Spain, the United States and beyond. [Photo: momentcaptured1/Flickr]