By The Real Argentina
Let’s be honest. Part of the reason gauchos hold such fascination is because they look so damn cool. Driving to an estancia one day I saw two gauchos trotting alongside the country road lazily flicking up their leather whips and smiling briefly as we sped past. They are wearing traditional beret-like boinas and fastened around their midriffs we glimpse hefty knifes in silver sheaths.
I met them later in the only bar in a tiny hamlet and we share Bols (of course). They were wearing bombacha de campo, wide, pleated trousers that tie in around the ankle (like knickbockers). Around their waist is a faja, a patterned strip of woven fabric around two metres long (into which the knife was placed), and on their feet were Alpargatas (espadrilles). Martín and his son Martincito (really) also wore quite a bit of silver and leather. It was a Sunday after all.
Most visitors return from Argentina with some kind of gaucho clothing (I came with pretty much a full set and I’m still waiting for the right fancy dress party). Fajas are beautiful items – tightly woven and look rather good on the wall, and Alpargatas are incredibly useful, and my wife still wears her bombachas for horse riding.
Traditional clothing can be found all over Argentina, especially at the... (Read More)
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