Thursday, September 8, 2011

If this is not wearing retro ... or vintage ... So .. What is it??



  Assuming that the fashion of twenty years ago is retro... and thirty or forty years ago is vintage... then, the fashion about two centuries ago... What is it????
 Well, this is an outfit that "recreates" the fashion of two centuries ago on my island,  women dressed just like that of 1800 here,, so this is the "Traditional Canarian Costume". 
   This is because today is a holiday on the island, as we celebrate the patron saints of the island  "La Virgen del Pino".
   During these days is a tradition to walk from all sites of the island until the middle of it, where is the Basilica (Temple) that "lives" the Virgen del Pino.  And people dressed in traditional costumes of the island, which are varied, mine is only a model of it, but there is much variety of clothing and all beautiful.
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  The outfit consists of several overlapping pieces, a linen blouse and a petticoat of cotton, up goes the skirt ...  this skirt is made of wool fabric and has about five meters in overall width, so it´s quite heavy.
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   I sewed this costume for ten years ago and it´s totally respects the way that the ancient inhabitants of the island made this clothing, the buttons of the blouse are made with a piece of tape rolled up on itself and stiched, and the waist of the skirt is covered with honeycomb stitch to make the pleat.
  Observe how to adjust the skirt without zippers or buttons.
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   Then, the vest that is made of "rich" damask fabric and lined of linen... and apron, of course!!


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  And finally, the shawl on the head and hat to hold it. Cover hair was very important to be "decent"...
  Do this sound like something to you???
   I decided to "enrich" a little my shawl making a nice embroidered on the back of it.
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  So this was my day today, a little incomfortable with the heat, but this is a tradition not to be missed, but I wonder... if my ancestors were dresses like this every day... How the hell that endured the heat????
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  This is a mystery.....

27 comments:

  1. Hi Rosy - what an amazing costume. I like the buttons made of rolled tape and the skirt is an amazing array of colours. I think this costume is very special as it connects you to your land, country and history. As always, you have made something of a very high standard and personalised it with the embroidery.

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  2. Me gusta mucho! Such lovely details in your costume, and the embroidery is the perfect touch.

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  3. So beautiful! and complicated. I've often wondered as well...how did ladies in voluminous clothing stand the heat?

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  4. I have wondered the same thing about my ancestors! In the 1800's women wore long sleeves and long dresses. I would have smothered!
    That is an amazing costume. Really unique and beautiful.

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  5. Is so beautiful and complicated! I love this outfit. Congratulations!

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  6. Amazing and beautiful !!!
    Thanks for sharing the traditions of your country.

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  7. This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing this rich bit of social history with us.

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  8. I love this outfit esprecially the skirt with this vest.
    It's interesting to wear a bit masculin hat for women, isn't it?

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  9. Wow! This costume is really awesome! Traditional costumes are always very interesting to me and I´ve never seen a dress like this before.

    Christel

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  10. What an amazing costume you are wearing. I love the way the skirt has the pleats in the top, the visual effect is fabulous.

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  11. What a beautiful costume! I can see that this may not be practical for everyday wear in the 21st century but for special days this is such a very lovely outfit to wear. It looks perfectly made and you look very serene and beautiful.

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  12. Qué maravilla Rosy, me dejas sin palabra, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  13. Wow! That is fabulous. It's beautiful!

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  14. Traditional costumes there are magic in it
    That is an amazing costume. Really unique and beautiful.
    wonderful skirt
    Rosy - You are a master of tailoring

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  15. I wish I had a reason for making and wear a traditional costume. Yours is beautiful and so well made. Your descriptions of the fabrics and sewing techniques was very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. ¡Que bella! Me interesa el vestuario tradicional de cualquier país, pero el de España es uno de mis favoritos. Ví algunos ejemplos del vestuario tradicional en Segovia cuando estaba alli que me encantaban mucho.

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  17. I can only reiterate what I said on SSS-11 Flickr group posting in that this is just wonderful.Your skills are truly amazing.

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  18. what a well made costume. The colours are lovely in the skirt.
    I love traditional costumes yours reminded me of the traditional welsh costume we would wear to school to celebrate saint Davids day over here, that had many layers too.

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  19. WOW..your outfit is amazing and beautiful. Thank you for sharing some of your history, I find this so interesting.

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  20. I always wonder how women especially stood the heat in Texas a couple of centuries ago - long dresses and layers of undergarments.

    And wool? Wow. The overskirt is very lovely but I can imagine it might be like wearing a blanket.

    I love the embroidery. You make such beautiful pieces!

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  21. fantastic, thanks for showing your costume. Yes how did they wear such things, and get all their work accomplished? amazing.

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  22. Rosy, tus entradas siempre me gustan, en especial cuando hablas de tu preciosa tierra, sus costumbres... el traje es muy bonito, me parece estupendo que lo enseñes al mundo.

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  23. Amazing, I love traditional costume. Is there something significant about the type of hat that you wore?

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  24. It looks fantastic! I wish we had an event that allows people to wear traditional folk costumes!

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  25. Covering your hair to be decent... humm it does sound familiar. Thinking that three of the main religion come from a area of the world where the sun is hot... May be it made sense ;-)) Beside that, this is an amazing costume Rosy. I can just imagine how many hours you put in it. This is really impressive sewing. I have to visit your corner of the world one day !

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  26. Loving the skirt:)
    Yes, I often wonder that, when I see period clothing...
    I would die from the heat if I had to wear so much clothes now!

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  27. Fantastic post! So interesting to learn about traditional clothing, especially if someone does wear it! I guess it is a festive costume, and daily costumes were less hot or restrictive... But it's just a guess :-)

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