Just as other islands in the Zuider Zee, Schokland had its own distinctive costume. The original Schokland costume very much resembled that of the island of Marken. A characteristic feature was the cylindrical bonnet with loose chin ribbons and the colorful outer garments. In the course of time changes appeared, likely influenced by the proximity of the island of Urk. By the end of the 18th century a costume with an ear ornament usually made of precious metal (locally called ‘oorijzer’, lit. ‘ear-iron’) and a starched white bonnet were quite popular with the women on Schokland. The female attire going with it, was mainly dark blue or black in color and made a less pretentious impression. A necklace of red coral beads indicated the wearer’s wealth and standing. Many of the elders held on to the traditional costume, so that both variants persisted over time. After the evacuation the population spread over the mainland surrounding the Zuider Zee, the traditional costume became obsolete and it was lost at the beginning of the last century. There is a choir existing of offspring from the former island who sing in costume.
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