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    Traditional dress

    Traditional dress in Val del Biois

    The ancient traditional dress was usually tailored for the wedding day and then used on the festivities. These dresses  were home made so they were original and  different one to the other. They represented the pride to belong to a community and often they used to be readapted in the years and passed on to the next generation.

    The wool was one of the main raw material and the locals were very skillful in working it.

    Also linen and hemp were used for the dresses. Their cultivation was very popular in this valley. Every hamlet here had its own furnace  to handle linen and hemp, as one or more experienced textile worker.

    Later on with the migration of workers from the valley, expecially during the Serenissima Times, it was possible to bring to Val del Bios new materials as cotton and silk and many new decorations.

    An important part of the female dress was the flowered apron on the long black skirt which had Alto Adige origins.

    Also the hat was very important. It was made in the valley from workers called “Capeller”. It was decorated with ribbons and ostrich feathers. As shoes they wore the traditional “scarpet”, a sort of home-made slipper  tailored with black velvet and rags.

    The traditional decoration

    The traditional female dress had some typical decoration as the long silver ribbon and the coral necklaces. On the hair the girls wore large hairpins and they used always golden earings.

    The modern traditional dress

    Nowadays there is a resumation of the traditional dresses as a sort of resumation of our origins and of the pride to belong to a community which can not loose its original identity. The traditional dress is a sort of uniform shared by a population

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