BY Lisa Lindblad
January 16, 2012
Adorable Emilia from the beautiful estancia of La Bamba in San Antonio de Areco, shared with me her favorite shop for bombachas, those pleated, ankle-buttoned, waisted trousers that are synonymous with the Argentinian gaucho. The cut is important, of course, but what makes me keep searching for the perfect bombachas is the rough fabric one finds in most talabarterias. Emilia had the answer and sent me to Aux Charpentiers on Mexico and Santiago del Estero.
And there they are in cement, black, brown, khaki and – heaven! – white! And the fabric is the softest, smoothest, finest cotton!
They also carry Salteno bombachas and long split skirts noted for their many pleats and the fine embroidery running down each side. But these, while they made their way into my pile, are not pure cotton, but rather a mix of cotton and poly to “hold their pleats.”
It’s all fun and useful and not at all pricey or trendy. Just a product that is made and sold honestly.
What a relief!