the story behind the pampa diamond
What is the pampa diamond?
The pampa diamond is immediately recognisable the world over as a symbol of South American heritage. Read on to discover why this pattern is so special and find out how it is intrinsic to the work of pampeano.
For generations upon generations, the pampa diamond has been incorporated into the artwork of native South American peoples. Using brightly coloured threads, paint made from plant extracts, or delicate little beads, all manner of everyday objects and special clothing can be made beautiful with a pampa pattern.
Views like no other from the hills of the Andes. It is these craggy peaks with their rocky dips and falls, that have inspired the hearts and minds of native South Americans for thousands of years.
The beauty of the pampa diamond can be found in its symmetry. It is the same satisfying, symmetrical quality that has allowed South American tribal art to capture the imaginations of people all over the globe. Each proud, geometric design points to a piece of the South American lifestyle. The pampa diamond echoes the peaks and troughs of the dramatic landscape that surrounds much of central South America, where the Andes Mountain range towers on the horizon, creating breathtaking silhouettes against the sky.
What many don’t know is that the colour of a pampa diamond carries some importance. For example, black is reserved for nobility. Shades of red point to a warrior in battle.
We use luxurious, vibrant saddlery threads to recreate the ancient pampa designs. Each thread is coated in wax, to make it extra durable and resilient.
Each pampa design polo belt says something about how our designers were inspired by the landscapes and lifestyle of La Pampa, where pampeano has its roots. The silvery La Plata river and sprawling estancias, the inky night skies and the bustle of the lively Buenos Aires can all be found, woven into polo belts that each tell a story of their own.
How is a pampa belt made?
In the process of making a polo belt, which is one that can take a skilled artisan up to 5 hours, this ancient symbol of South American art is incorporated onto exceptional leather work and meticulous hand-stitching, and thus we combine different aspects of the South American heritage of craft to create a spectacular treasure that you can own and take with you on your own adventure.
As you wear your polo belt, the buttery soft leather will mould to your shape over time, and begin to age in a beautiful way that will serve as a map of your travels. A polo belt from pampeano is unique to its owner, and made to last you for the long haul.
Where can I find the pampa diamond?
You can find the pampa diamond on a great many of stunning pieces in our range. Here are just a few of our favourite picks:
Here, the pampa diamond is left as a cut out by the beautiful handstitching. Shown in the beautiful rich brown leather, the diamond stands out against this contemporary design. The Jugadoro design is also available in our skinny size or 2.5cm width, perfect for smaller frames or wrapping elegantly around the waist.
Our original, innovative designs make use of the versatility of the pampa diamond. This stunning rio design is a wonderful choice for summer, with a sky blue in the background and royal blue inner diamonds, emphasised by a striking vertical stripe in cream.
Our selection of handstitched dog collars come in a variety of beautiful designs, all interpretations of the original pampa diamond. Each collar starts its journey in the heart of South America, crafted by hand using time-tested methods and knowledge gathered from a long history of expert artistry.
Some of our premium equestrian leather pieces bear the pampa diamond in their design. We love this blue and cream striped convenient headcollar and leadrope set. You can even match your jugadoro polo belt to your pony's bridle, for the ultimate, smart coordinated look.
Our home collection features a whole range of handwoven pieces, created on a traditional handloom. These are true works of art, with designs inspired by the pampa diamond and evocative of the South American lifestyle of adventure.
Take a look at the range of pieces from pampeano, and discover the pampa diamond in all its glory, interpreted through original designs and making use of the natural beauty of materials like leather, wool and cotton.