Flickr Favorites : Traditional Costume Staphorst, The Netherlands
Today in the Flickr Favourites it's the turn of the traditional costume of Staphorst in The Netherlands. Staphorst is a town in the eastern Netherlands. It is one of the most religious towns of the Netherlands, with a lot of people attending Calvinist church. Staphorst grinds to a halt on Sundays. Many people are still wearing traditional dress. If you follow this traditional costume series on my blog, you will notice that The Staphorst costume looks a bit like the North-West Veluwe costume. This is caused by the fashion influence of the 16th century; both costumes are very much the same as in the 16th century. The costume for women is pretty colorful. There are daily and Sunday costumes, both for in and out the mourning period. When they are not in the mourning period the so called "wild colors" are worn. The black satin daily hats are then decorated with red, white, blue and yellow painted dots. The kraplap (or bodice) is often decorated in the same way or sewn from some lovely flowered fabric. That painted dot decoration is very typical for Staphorst (called "stipwerk' in Dutch). The Sunday cap is from lace and is worn above a silver head-iron.