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In Central Chile – chamanto
In Mexico - sarape or jorongo
In Switzerland, Bavaria & Austria - kotze
In Columbia – ruanas
In the Middle Ages - grugels
The Roman Catholic Church - cassocks are called kasels or pluviales.
The poncho was first thought to be used in the 16th century by Jesuit missionaries in Argentina. This utilitarian clothing item was given to the indigenous people to cover up their nude bodies for the sake of modesty and warmth. They were used regularly in the mid 1850’s for the military in the Great Plains. Soldiers used waterproof ponchos as rain gear and ground covering.
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