Bismillah ar Rahman ar Raheem
I wanted to do a review for this lovely wool Turkish poncho which Modefa was gracious enough to send me! As I’ve mentioned before in previous reviews of their items. They are a USA-based country which specializes in Turkish scarves and other products. They are working on expanding their offerings and will soon be offering Turkish tunics and other items as well. This season they have introduced Turkish wool ponchos and Ottoman designed scarves to their customers! They gave me the choice of choosing either a scarf from their Ottoman line or a poncho and I chose the poncho. For several reasons. I generally wear the French overhead Jelbabs and when I do wear something else and pair a scarf with it, I tend to choose plain colors/designs so I just didn’t think such a beautiful scarf would get much wear by me…but, I am a fan of ponchos for cooler weather and always loath how the ones sold in Burlington Coat Factory or Sears are made of a thin acrylic which is not very warm. Turkey is also known for their wool and leather products along with their silk fabrics. In Turkey, ponchos are quite popular and many women wear them in fall and winter over their Çarşaf or Pardesü as an extra warm topper.
The poncho I chose is burgundy and black. They are reversible so one side is one color, other side is another color. All of their ponchos have traditional Turkish prints on them which give them a urbane/boho feel. Like they are special, not some everyday cheap thing from a discount store!
They have the Modefa logo on them and yes, they really are wool! The fabric is very thick and heavy with fringe. Not only does it feel like wool but smells and looks like wool as well. I wore mine out in the rain a few weeks ago and after coming home the poncho had that tale tell wool scent. Like those of you who wear wool sweaters or have used wool covers on your kids will know the scent I’m talking about. Its very natural and relaxing, not offensive or anything. Also, even though it rained quite hard-yes I had an umbrella but umbrellas still don’t cover everything…the rain just beaded on the fabric, it wasn’t absorbed and instead ran off. Real wool is naturally water resistant due to the naturally occurring lanolin embedded in the fibers.
All I do when wearing one is throw it over whatever I am wearing as an extra topper. If its quite cold out I find wearing a layer of thermals and a heavier overgarment works pretty well and then the poncho. I either pin at the chest or throw an end over my shoulder. I do occasionally wear this style in the middle of winter but obviously I find I have to layer a bit more, although for autumn wear or days which are not too bitterly cold I’m pretty comfortable in not too many layers.
Overall the poncho from Modefa did meet my expectations. Ive come to expect superior quality from anything made in Turkey be it overgarments to scarves to textiles and so, why would a wool poncho be any different? The poncho came nicely folded up, no loose threads or anything like that. As I mentioned above the fabric is quite thick and heavy , its not a light acrylic poncho. I personally wouldn’t wash it unless it was obviously extremely dirty-and if I did I’d use a wool shampoo like Woolite. Much like a wool sweater or a wool diaper cover its best to keep washing to a minimum as the lanolin has many anti-bacterial qualities and the more its worn the more its waterproof abilities are enhanced. Ohh, the mysteries of wool!
Do I think the poncho is worth buying, well…they are listed at almost $30, which I believe is quite reasonable given the quality and personally I think if you are someone who is into ponchos and capes or If you want something as a light topper to throw over whatever you have on or as something dramatic than obviously they are a worthy investment piece!