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Gaucho Clothing

My report on the gauchos of Argentina, their clothing, and snippets about their culture.

Chardy Probst

on 17 March 2016

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Culture Fair Project: Argentina's Traditional Dress
by Chardy Probst, 7th grade This is the country of Argentina. It is the second largest country in South America. Although most people in Argentina today dress in a way very similar to Americans, some people still wear traditional Argentine clothing. They are called gauchos, and live mainly on the Pampa. The Pampa is a rich, fertile part of Argentina that produces most of Argentina's crops. The Pampa was also the main reason why Spanish settlers decided to stay in Argentina after discovering that Argentina had no gold or silver mines. This is the city of San Martin de Arecos. Every year, there is a festival here celebrating gaucho culture. Thousands of gauchos and people dressed as gauchos parade through the streets and have contests such as rodeos. This is the city of San Antonio de Areco. Every year, they have a festival celebrating gaucho culture. Thousands of gauchos parade through the streets and have contests such as rodeos. Gauchos are the Argentine equivalent cowboys, as most gauchos are ranchers and farmers on the Pampa. Gauchos usually wear a wide-brimmed hat, a poncho, loose-fitting cotton pants called bombachas, and boots or alpargatas, a type of sandal. Hats Gauchos wear two types of wide-brimmed hats: boinas, a type of beret, and a type of hat that are simply referred to as "gaucho hats."
Like the cowboys, gauchos use the hats to keep the sun off their faces while they are riding or farming. Ponchos Ponchos are usually worn only in the winter to protect against the cold weather. They are especially important when cold winds blow through the Pampa from Antarctica, which is directly south of Argentina. Bombachas The word "bombacha" in Spanish means "baggy pants." The name is fitting, because bombachas are a type of baggy pure cotton pants. Gauchos wear them because they are very comfortable when riding horses. In fact, a gaucho clothing manufacturer declares bombachas "the most comfortable pants ever made and the ultimate riding ones." Boots and Alpargatas Gauchos wear two types of shoes, boots and alpargatas. Their boots are typical riding boots,
but the alpargatas are very interesting. They are low topped shoes made of canvas with a rope sole. In English, they are known as espadrilles. Women Gauchos Women gauchos can be called gauchas, chinas, or chinitas. Chinitas wear a long, wide-skirted dress with sleeves that come down to their forearms. This helps them to both keep cool and to ride horses easily. Chinitas usually wear their hair in braids that can be decorated with flowers or other ornaments. Above: a gaucho and a chinita wait on their horses for the parade to start. Below: the parade itself Two gauchos compete in a rodeo on Tradition Day,
and another gaucho leads
his horses in a herding
competition. In this picture of a little Argentine waving to a gaucho during the parade, you can really see the difference in clothing styles.
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