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 California coastal towns, and worn as beachwear in cool weather. 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.
In recent years, they have been adapted to simply become hoodies with some alterations like a zipper running up the middle. 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.
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