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Tilleul à Danser planté à Mazille, France
Costume 1 : Austrian Dirndl Source. Image :                        
Costumes 2, 3 et 4 : Norwegian Bunad. Source Image :                  


Traditional costumes

Traditional costumes will not be used; costumes will instead be brought up to date, sometimes in order to refine them, at other times to change an old-fashioned style into something more up-to-date. This renewal will be undertaken in a spirit of respect for one’s heritage and affection for well-loved regional styles such as the Austrian dirndl and trachten and the Norwegian Bunad.
Research into traditional marriage outfits should also be undertaken, as these were richly varied in styles and colours in earlier times, and could be reused today as garb for traditional festivals. Wearing these costumes today is both a return of and a return to tradition. Perhaps
costumes could be worn on a particular day: in Austria, for example, people of high society began wearing traditional costumes one day a week. Their example was soon followed by the rest of the population, thereby preserving and perpetuating the wearing of traditional clothing.
It is obvious that traditional costumes could never be produced on an industrial scale. Small-scale production, on the other hand, could act as a stimulant to the local economy, as well as bringing the community together around the work of seamstresses, embroiderers, lace-makers, weavers, etc.

Content and conception graphic : Pierre Albuisson    Presentation of content and Web désign :  Elena Krotova   Translation : Marcia Hadjimarkos