The dress of Kurzeme reflects not only the traditions of Latvians and Livs (the indigenous people) but also of closest neighbors – Lithuanians, Estonians and Poles.
It was the second part of 19th century when the dress of Kurzeme witnessed radical changes. Namely, the bright chemical dye clours came to be. It began with bright stripes appearing in the north and east of Kurzeme and colourful red in the southwest. A characteristic feature for the bright monochrome skirts was the ornamented lower edge, sometimes made form a band of a different colour. In the same way a widespread tradition in some parts of Kurzeme was for both men and women to wear bronze belts, while in the seaside districts, people adorned their clothes with small amber brooches and strings of beads made from pieces of amber. More than in other regions, the garments of Kurzeme contains industrially-produced textiles and clothing accessories like silk, velvet, brocade also glass and metal.
Additional reading:Dress Code: LATVIAN Latvian traditional costumePhoto gallery © Ieva Pīgozne & Latvian Institute 2015; Photos: Latvian Institute; Evija Trifanova; Valters Poļakovs; AG; Latvian National Centre for Culture;