My Flickr Favorites : Traditional Costume Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands
Today we move from the province of Zeeland to the east to the neighboring province of Noord-Brabant. There existed a lot of different caps in Noord-Brabant, but the most famous and striking one is the "poffer", which is shown here. The poffer was worn in a large area around 's-Hertogenbosch. The poffer is a large white tulle bonnet finished off with lace; apart from that it exists of a black cap, a white undercap, a decorative strip often with tiny fake flowers, and ribbons. It was an expensive part of the costume, only worn by rich farmers' wives on Sundays and holidays and at special occasions. It developed from a much simpler form and had its hayday around 1870-1940; after that it gradually disappeared. The costume itself was an oldfashioned city dress.