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25909Re: Folk Dress Mania

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  • Martin Votruba
    Apr 5, 2009
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      > happy I did not live at the peak of the mania.

      They were also a kind of straitjacket, a means of social manipulation. If you lived in a village whose costume "was yellow and white," you would not be socially acceptable if you loved and made for yourself one with greens, blues, and reds. Only a woman who moved into the village from elsewhere had a waiver to stick with her costume/straitjacket.

      There was much less of a mania with the clothes men actually wore on festive as well as everyday occasions in most villages. They'd been drifting towards the more universal suits for decades.

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