Saturday, 2 February 2013
Brittany costumes and customs
The people of Brittany in France have a distinctive culture all of their own. This includes first and foremost the language, but also music, often played on an instrument not unlike Scottish bagpipes, and dancing. Possibly the most visually distinctive feature of their culture is the Breton headdress or lace cap.
There are said to be over 60 variations of this lace cap, some for ceremonials, some for work, some for mourning. Each part of Brittany has its own style and the influence of the church on the region of Brittany and hence the style of the cap can often be seen,. Where the church had greatest hold, the caps were more subdued in style.
There are hats in the photo prompt this week in Sepia Saturday and it's a very short step from a hat to a lacy cap, in my eyes.
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