Ponchos vary considerably in material and colour for different purposes. These Peruvian shaman sheep poncho's with intricate detail are much heavier than the black alpaca style.
Often the shaman where two poncho's depending on the time of year. One is called a barrel poncho which is stitched down the sides, vanilla or black coloured it looks like a jumper without arms. This is worn for warmth and more importantly invisibility. The highly decorative poncho is then worn over the top.
Many individuals now only where a black poncho with subtle lines depicting certain holdings. Such as brown that represents the earth, mother earth and fertility, a rainbow that bridges the worlds and holds the jaguar medicine for transformation.
Brightly coloured ceremonial ponchos used by many cultures often symbolize tradition and statue. Some Qero shaman prefer to be less obvious and wear more subtle blending colours such as Brown and Vanilla. These are widely used by the everday person in south America. However they do have subtle differences embroidered with own symbology. The coloured and pattern stripes look coloful but hold great meaning.
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