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THE HISTORY OF THE PONCHO, A NATIONAL HALLMARK

It’s more than a piece of clothing: it reflects a way of being and standing in the face of nature, and with the history of the hands that weave them. The poncho is ancestral and current clothing at the same time, across geographical and time borders. The Nazcas and the Incas used it for warmth and as a precious object in their burial ceremonies, the Indians that Sebastian Gaboto saw as he rode up theContinue reading

HOW TO CLEAN A SADDLE

The best advice to clean a saddle You need:  Sponge  Glycerin soap  Bitumen  Water  Rag  Bucket  Brush Steps to be followed to clean the saddle: Remove the girth, the saddle cloth, the stirrups and the straps. Clean the saddle with a wet rag to remove dirt and sweat. Soap up the whole saddle. The equipment is to be cleaned, soaped up and greased with neatsfoot oil or a special preparation for leather. The leather cinchesContinue reading

The knife of the gaucho

The gaucho was a virtually nomadic character who covered the broad pampa working with the cattle. He may have settled for some periods of time in his rancho (a small, rustic abode in the open country) but he would finally go back to his cattle ranching activities. He was undoubtedly someone with few material possessions, among them his horse, his mate, his poncho (which served both as an overcoat and a blanket), the rastra (a wide belt decorated with coins, etc.)Continue reading

THE CHALLENGE OF SELLING LOCAL HANDICRAFTS TO THE WORLD

In Tandil, a father teaches his son how to braid rawhide for the handle of a knife which will be used by a businessman in Russia. In Belén, a grandmother shows her grandson a loom and together they make a poncho for a Lebanese businesswoman. In La Carlota a master artisan teaches an apprentice how to make an alpaca buckle for a polo player in India. E-commerce burst on the scene in all areas andContinue reading

THE ARGENTINE ASADO; MORE THAN A MEAL, IT’S A CEREMONY

Charles Darwin, the evolutionist, wrote in an 1833 letter to his sister that he had become “a total gaucho”: “I drink my mate and smoke my cigar, and then I go to bed and sleep really well, with the sky for a canopy, as though in a featherbed. It’s such a healthy life, all day on horseback, eating only beef and sleeping with a fresh breeze, you wake up fresh as a lark”. From the times whenContinue reading