Baja Jacket

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A Baja Jacket', Baja Hoodie, Baja Surf Hoodie, Baja Sweatshirt with a single large pocket on the front.

They are very popular in the Hippie subculture [1] and among fans of post-hair metal.

In the 1970s, California surfers brought these hooded shirts back from surf trips to Baja California, Mexico. They became associated with surfers and surfing in mexican coastal towns, and worn as beachwear in cool weather.[2][3] The shirts, called "sudadera de jerga" in Mexico, are also traditionally worn by Mexican-American and Mexican youth, especially young men, and can be considered a part of cholo style.[4][5][6][7]

Baja Jackets are made with a variety of different materials: often cotton, acrylic, and polyester. The fabric can be made from recycled fibers, such as recycled T-shirts.[8][9]

In recent years, they have been adapted to simply become hoodies with some alterations like a zipper running up the middle.[10] Because the striped pattern resembles a Mexican serape, the Baja Jacket is sometimes referred to as a poncho, but the two should not be confused. A poncho is a single piece of fabric with a head opening and sometimes arm openings. However, a poncho does not have sleeves, whereas the Baja Jacket does have sleeves.[11]


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  2. ^ "Vintage Surfer Baja Hoodies". Lonely Sherpa. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  3. ^ "Baja Hoodies". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Caminando: septiembre 2010". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  5. ^ "El Libro Vakero: Diccionario Buena Onda VII: Adolescente". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  6. ^ Lo has visto?, retrieved 2013-10-18 
  7. ^ "Sudadera De Jerga Original Señor Lopez Talla L Skate/bmx Daa (Otras Marcas) a MXN 699 en PrecioLandia México (6u7l6b)". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Baja Hoodies - About Us - The World's Greatest Baja Hoodie Selection". Señor Lopez Poncho, Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  9. ^ "Baja Joe Mexican Baja Hoodie". Earthragz Baja Hoodie. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  10. ^ "Baja Hoodie". Mexican Threads™. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  11. ^ "Baja Jerga Ponchos-Mexican Blanket Hoodies". Mexican Serape Blankets. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 

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