I’m in Chile, one of the Latin-American countries where the poncho is part of the traditional clothing. The traditional poncho in Chile is called a Chamanto. This is woven in silk thread and wool. The edges are finished with a ribbon. The traditional colors are grey, brown, red, black and white. What makes these Chamanto’s special is that they are reversible, as both sides are fully finished. The dark side is used during the day, and the light side is mostly worn at night.
I wouldn’t be a real fashion designer if didn’t design my own poncho for my visit to Chile. So I did! This is one of the easiest clothing pieces to make. It’s even a good one to make with your leftover fabrics.
Let’s get started!
1. What do you need?
2. Cut out a rectangle of 10 cm x 20 cm out of plain fabric
3. Cut out
- 2 rectangles of 1 cm x 20 cm
- 3 rectangles of 1 cm x 10 cm
- 1 rectangle of 2 cm x 10 cm out of the printed fabric
4. Sew the printed rectangles to the corresponding sides of the plain rectangle, as seen on the picture.
5. Cut out a hole for the head in the middle of the poncho by folding it in the length and cutting the two pieces of fabric at once.