The traditional costume of the Val Pusteria valley

Solemnly decorated and lovingly embroidered - the costume of the Val Pusteria is a cultural feast for the eyes

The traditional garment of the South Tyroleans, the so-called traditional costume, can be seen especially at performances of the bands or the folk dance groups. But the costume is also very popular among the locals and those who own one wear it with great pride on public holidays. Almost every village has its own costume which differs from others in colour and model. The locals say that the costume itself is the true tradition and still today a sign of great patriotism.

The men’s costume consists of a blue linen shirt, a waistcoat with silver buttons and a red or blue cloth in the shirt pocket. A black silk scarf is tied around the neck. The green braces are attached to the lederhosen, usually made of dark leather. White socks and black traditional shoes complete the costume. But the heart of the men’s costume is still missing: the belt. This valuable part of the costume is made of leather and decorated with quill embroidery. Even today, these belts are still made by hand.

The woman’s costume, however, is a dress, consisting of a long black or green skirt composed of approx. 4-5 metres of fabric. An apron is worn over the skirt, which is usually blue or golden. The top is a kind of corset which is tied together at the front side and changes colour depending on the village. Under it a valuable linen lace blouse is worn. A black silk scarf is tied around the neck, just like in the male costume. Finally, red socks and black traditional shoes and the costume is complete.

Surely you will see one of the traditional costumes during a stay in the Val Pusteria valley, which is proudly worn by the inhabitants - and not only by the older ones.

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