is a traditional decorative garment from
central Chile, similar to a
and woven in
. Its entire contour
is finished with ribbon edging. The difference between a
and other ponchos is their reversibility,
as both sides
one light, one dark
are fully finished. Traditionally, the dark side of the
poncho is used during the day, while its light side is mostly
worn at night.
The chamantos gained world notoriety
when they were worn by the 21 leaders of the Asia Pacific
Economic Cooperation during the 2004 summit's official photo.
The making of a chamanto demands great diligence,
because of the exquisiteness involved in the weaving of
the silk and wool, plus the intricacy of the design sketched
by crossing the threads.
The figures embellishing the chamantos include
Chile's national flower
barley and wheat ears, blackberries, bunches of grape, fuchsias,
pansies and various birds representative of the national