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     (above four on left) Unknown cultures - (right) East Provence, France




Micael Z. sends this, of Hungarian folk dancers

Lot of exciting stuff going on under there!







A wee bit of an Irish lass,
in Irish (dance) dress!


Courtesy Kristi










Hungarian peasant - 1937

Very unusual petticoat!

Courtesy Crinolyn (from the Life library)










Gerry Down Under:

"Here is a postcard I picked up in Portugal this year (2008); it’s an old photo showing washer women from the seaside town of Nazare, north of Lisbon, where the women traditionally wear seven petticoats!"

Tessy - Guess we're all heading to Portugal!





(Compliments "Voluminous")

From Raven W.:

"1950s Squaw dresses such as these were worn with Navajo, Hopi or Zuni silver & turquoise jewelry which was ridiculously cheap back then, as the artistry was not valued as it is today. Squaw dresses with lots of braid were made specifically as 'square dance costumes;" therefore you would only see most adult women wearing them as they went to or from a dance; the dresses were often worn with ballet flats or low moccasins (in a color coordinating with the skirt/ dress color) for the vigorous dancing.

"These costumes were usually worn with full net or taffeta petticoats, often with colored edging on the lower hem to be decorative as they twirled on the dance floor.

"That said, little girls where I grew up in Texas in the 1950's adored squaw dresses with their rick-rack and braid ornamentation, and often wore them to school (usually without net petticoats, because these were scratchy to sit on in a school desk. At the age of 7- 12, I passionately wanted a squaw dress to wear to school like many of my classmates; but my family was poor, and these dresses were expensive to buy if your mother couldn't sew you one; a skirt sometimes required dozens of yards of costly rick-rack & braid to look really good. The favored squaw dress colors for little girls in Texas tended to be pale or turquoise blues, pastel or intense yellows, and mint greens - these were cooler to wear in the days before air conditioning. Adult women at night favored more intense colors including black and red, By time I was able to afford one of these dresses, they were hopelessly out of style and I couldn't find one to buy.

"Further memories: Seeing these squaw dresses 'during the day' (as street wear) - sometimes in Houston in the daytime you would see pastel 'patio dresses' in the same pattern with the three-tiered skirts and elbow length sleeves; but plain, with no braid or trim, as casual wear by women to go grocery shopping, etc."


(Above left) Irish (right) Czech - Both enlargeable



A 'petticoat' for each ruffle - gotta love it!

'Flamenco' dresses in Portugal

Courtesy Sugarbarre


(above) Mexican?


Traditional Pollera flutters on fashion ramp

Bolivia's traditional layered skirts, bowler hats, embroidered shawl, lacy petticoat, shirt and matching shoes were presented as hip items in this fashion ...





Ken R.:

"A scene from the annual German-American celebration from the Sept. 26 Sunday New York Daily News, photo credit Bryan Smith."







Ken R.:

"The April Fair in Seville, Spain."

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Ken R.:

Getty Photos

"This Bavarian dance competition. 
It's unfortunately small but what a lovely Pond view."


Sonia has provided this alternative (and better) picture





Impressive headdress to go along with
 a nice folk costume, of unidentified origin

From Misha



BB Bloomer:

"Here is an example of a "Bahianaise," a woman wearing the huge Brazilian crinoline, the typical outfit of the Salvador de Bahia county (north of Brazil). Photo taken with my own camera."


Micael Z.:

"Just came back from Brazil; this is me (below) with another Bahiana while touching her skirt. The petticoat looks to be of plastic foam. She is a very nice person, like all Brazilians that I met, to tell the truth."



Video: A cornucopia of bouffant in this traditional Hungarian folk dance


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