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n. An outer garment typical of the Andes region of Venezuela and Colombia, and resembling a poncho.


A ruana is a poncho-style outer garment typical of the Andes region of Venezuela and Colombia, particularly in the Boyacá department and Antioquia. According to Proexport, the official Colombian agency in charge of international tourism, foreign investment, and non-traditional exports, the word ruana comes from the Chibcharuana meaning "Land of Blankets," used to refer to the woolen fabrics manufactured by the Muisca natives.

Similar to other poncho-like garments in Latin America, a ruana is basically a very thick, soft and sleeveless square or rectangular blanket with an opening in the center for the head to go through with a slit down the front to the hem. A ruana may or may not come with a hood to cover the head.

The ruanas worn by the native Muisca people were apparently made of wool and knee-long, well-suited to the cold temperatures of the region where they were used not only as a piece of garment but also as a blanket for use in bed or to sit on as a cushion of sorts. Many ruanas are handcrafted with sheep’s virgin wool. An 1856 watercolor shows an indigenous man in the Cordillera Occidental of Colombia weaving a ruana using a large foot-pedaled loom.

Usage examples of "ruana".

When the police had come they had stumbled into the dark front hall in search of a killer, but before Ray even reached the top of the stairs, Ruana had so confused them that they were agreeing to tea and sitting on silk pillows.

Len Fenerman talked, but all my father could hear was Ruana Singh saying what she had to him, and of standing outside Mr.

Back on the road somewhere was her own mother, but for right now she, like Ruana, was on a quiet island off the mainland.

Reaching almost to the floor, the window in the dining room was interrupted only by the metal baseboard for the heat, which Ruana liked to keep turned off because the noises it made disturbed her.

Lindsey let herself be held while my mother thought of Ruana Singh out behind her house, smoking.

Later that night, when Ruana found the two of them curled up together asleep and fully clothed, she was glad that Ray had at least this one weird friend.

My mother had called that morning to thank her for having talked to her when she called from California, and Ruana had decided to drop off a pie.

She eyed the peaceful water suspiciously, but laid the ruana on a rock and sat down to pull off her boots and socks.

And that was a mistake, because the woolen material of the ruana had molded itself lovingly to her full breasts.

Tyler felt the rough material of his jeans brushing against her bare legs, pleasurably scratchy, and wondered vaguely if the ruana had ridden up to her waist the way it felt as if it had.

His hands roved to her waist, where he could feel the bunched material of the ruana, and the thought of the scant covering over her nakedness maddened him.

Unzipping the bag, she managed to squirm off Kane and get out, yanking the ruana down as she scrambled to her feet.