The CharruaZ-estilo boots and alpargatas are authentic handmade products, which are still worn by the Gauchos in Uruguay to this day.
Quiet, spacious, and relaxed – concepts that are characteristic of Uruguay.
This relatively unknown country lies between Argentina and Brazil, and is actually called ‘Republic east of Uruguay’ (the river that forms the western border of Argentina). In the south, Uruguay is bordered by the enormously wide ‘Rio de la Plata’.
Already 13,000 years ago people lived in Uruguay. CharruaZ-Estilo derives its name from the charrua, the most famous of the nomadic indigenous tribes who lived in Uruguay before the whites arrived. Although the charrua was not a happy fate, many Uruguayans still have charrual blood flowing through the veins.
The inhabitants are nevertheless mainly dependent on Spanish and Italian immigrants, although there is also a small black population that has made its mark on Uruguayan music with the unique percussion-based candombe. According to some, the tango is also Uruguayan; in any case, Carlos Gardel, the most famous tango singer ever, was born in Uruguay.
Uruguay is four times as large as the Netherlands, but the Netherlands has five times as many inhabitants. The interior of Uruguay is therefore very sparsely populated. The landscape is sloping and green, with some cerros, low mountains, and the coast is characterized by beautiful, often untouched beaches and dunes. Everywhere in the interior you will find characteristic places where as a rule the center is formed by a characteristic leafy plaza with trees, beautiful colonial houses, and a church.
Uruguay is a predominantly agricultural country, traditionally mainly cattle breeding where the cows roam freely on huge estates. In the last decades you also see arable farming and forestry. More than in Argentina, Uruguay is characterized by a gaucho culture; in the interior you often see gauchos on horseback. There are characteristic festivals where people meet in typical gaucho clothes, and where gauchos demonstrate their skills in dealing with horses.
Every Uruguayan has something of a gaucho in it; everywhere in Uruguay you can see people walking around with a thermos bottle, where they prepare their maté in special, usually leather-covered cups, a bitter kind of tea that is drunk with a beautifully shaped straw.
There is a lot of crafts, with creative products made from leather and cow horn.
If it takes five years to learn tango it takes a lifetime to learn the gaucho skills
Auteur: Bram Buunk