Saturday, March 3, 2018

Portrait of a Gaucho

Gauchos dress quite distinctly from North American cowboys, and use bolas or boleadoras - in Portuguese boleadeiras - (three leather bound rocks tied together with approximately three feet long leather straps) in addition to the familiar "North American" lariat or riata. 
The typical gaucho outfit would include a poncho (which doubled as a saddle blanket and as sleeping gear), a facón (large knife), a rebenque (leather whip), and loose-fitting trousers called bombachas, belted with a tirador, or a chiripá, a loincloth.
During winters, gauchos wore heavy wool ponchos to protect against cold.

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