So what is a Ruana, anyway? Quite fitting, both alpacas and ruanas are originally from the Andes region of South America. The word Ruana means “Land of Blankets”. Simply put, it is a blanket you can wear! Usually they are thick, soft, sleeveless, and about knee length. The shape is square or rectangular, with a slit for your head and the front piece split down the middle to drape over the shoulders.
Ruanas are quite easy to throw on and take off, and add an extra layer of warmth without having to be all buttoned up as you would in a coat. They can also be worn over a winter coat for extra warmth and style. Ruanas are great for dressing up, or dressing down.