25909Re: Folk Dress Mania
- Apr 5, 2009
> 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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