In the remarkable new film, Lincoln, Daniel Day Lewis is quite mesmerizing in his portrayal of our greatest leader. So uncanny was this performance the film gives one the opportunity to actually observe our sixteenth president, the actual man, wrestling with the moral future of our America. In several scenes, when hope seems nearly lost, I could not help but notice that President Lincoln wears a poncho.
The poncho originated in the Andes Mountains of South America, worn by native people as an essential garment of utility and style:
A poncho ['pontʃo], punchu in Quechua (< Mapudungun pontro, blanket, woolen fabric) is an outer garment designed to keep the body warm or, if made from a watertight material, to keep dry during rain. Ponchos have been used by the Native American peoples of the Andes since pre-Hispanic times and are now considered typical South American garments.
For me, a poncho is a wardrobe essential, the one garment I could not live without, a garment we wear in times of full of spirit and during times when we need to be cradled.