Aug 31, 2012

Celtic Threads Welsh Style

When traditional Celtic dress comes to mind most think of a tartan kilt. Did you know that Wales has traditional dress if only for the women?

The national threads typically include a stovepipe hat, gown, skirt, shawl and apron. Colors are red, black and white. Lady Llanofer, a Welsh heiress who wanted to preserve Wales’ cultural and individual identity, designed the Welsh National Costume in the 19th century. It is based on what countrywomen wore.

Today you aren’t likely to see anyone dressed this way unless it’s at a festival or on Saint David’s Day, when the traditional attire is worn by schoolgirls. Saint David is of course the patron saint of Wales.

What traditional clothing is worn in your part of the world?


Catherine said...

yes a rare sight indeed today in Wales - great shot - where did you find these two??

Wendy said...

Hi Catherine, They are my cousin's little girls.