Today I will talk about the costume from the French region of Bresse. Bresse forms a coherent region with natural boundaries in the east of France, not very far from Switzerland.
It is found in the southeast of the old Province of Bourgogne, but today has been split between the Departments of Ain, Jura and Saône-et-Loire. This points out the problems of using the modern administrative units, as here, as happens so often, they do not coincide with cultural histsorical regions. Here is a map of France with the modern departments. Bresse is found at the juncture of the three mentioned above.
This is a map of the region of Bresse. Bresse basically lies between the Ain and Saône rivers, including Bourg en Bresse in the south and Louhans in the north. Macon lies in the west of this area, having a similar costume. The lines on this map are roads, not rivers.
Except for the headdress, the costume of Bresse is much like that of other areas of central France.
The base garment is a chemise, with lace at the neckline and full sleeves gathered into a cuff, or with short sleeves.
A petticoat, or more than one is worn, along with bloomers and knit stockings.
Here are some videos of folk dance groups from Bresse.
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