Saraguro People, Pugila, Loja, Ecuador
The town of Saraguro nestled in the Pugila foothills, 64 km from Loja, is in the heart of a beautiful region, which is the highland homeland of a distinctive and interesting indigenous group called the "Saraguros."
The Saraguros proudly maintain their ethnic distinctiveness. Saraguro men and
women both usually wear their hair in long, single braids, and both wear
a flat-brimmed hard hat (large and spotted for the woman). Ordinary
daily wear for men includes pants slightly longer than knee length, and
for women includes black pleated skirts, and silver beaded necklaces
with pins fastening their shawls. The black poncho they wear is a sign
of the mourning oath they swore when the Spanish killed Atahualpa.