What Is a Ruana, Anyway?

November 11, 2015

What Is a Ruana, Anyway?

If you’ve been wondering, Ann-Ruanayou’re not alone! A ruana is a poncho-style wrap – it’s basically a blanket you can wear! They originated in the Andes mountains of South America, and the word means “Land of Blankets” in the native Chibcha language. While in South America the ruana is often a poncho with a hole for the head, the European version is more like a wrap or a long shawl.

Ruanas are extremely versatile and they can be worn in many ways. You can throw one or both ends over the shoulders, to form a cowl-neck look; if you choose, you can secure one shoulder with a brooch. You can also wear the ruana as a belted wrap, placing the belt under the back and over the front pieces, or belting the entire thing, creating a sort of jacket.

A ruana adds a welcome extra layer over a silk top or sweater, but can also be worn over a winter coat for style and warmth. It works equally well with dressy outfits and jeans. Our ruanas are made of 100% super fine luxury wool, and they come in a variety of colors and styles to complement your wardrobe. They measure 55” x 72” and they add a bit of effortless style.

For more tips on how to wear your ruana, we recommend this video. Don’t forget to email us photos of you in your ruana, or share them with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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