Flickr Favourites: Traditional Costume of Hindeloopen, Holland
Today in the Flickr Favourites it's the turn of the traditional costume of Hindeloopen in Friesland in The Netherlands; it's an old city in the north at Lake IJsselmeer. In 1368 the city became part of the Hanseatic-league. Ships of Hindeloopen made journeys to the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts. The strong overseas connections with foreign countries were probably the reason for the development of an own Hindeloopen language; a mixture of Frisian, English, Danish, and Norwegian. The ship-trade brought Hindeloopen great prosperity, especially in the 17th and 18th century. Lots of money were spent in Amsterdam on precious fabrics and objects, which were supplied through the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The rich town developed in those days her own costume and interior design style with colorful painted walls and furniture. The costume was very richly decorated and knew many variations; so you could easily see whether a woman was married or not, or if she was in mourning or not. They used dyed cotton from India and woolen and linen materials from Holland. The long or short coat was made of chintz with a flower-pattern and the apron and the headdress were made of a woven check pattern.