Today I am going to shift focus a bit. I am always torn between covering a topic exhaustively, and offering a breadth of material. I wish to do both. So today i will venture into a different Nation, Latvia.
It often happens that one or two particular regional costumes of a nation are effectively used as 'national' costumes, for Poland, Krakow, for Ukraine, Poltava, for Germany, Miesbach Bavarian, for the Netherlands, Vollendam, for Norway, Hardanger, etc. For Latvia, the costumes most commonly presented are those of extreme South Courland, Kurzeme in Latvian. There are three variants of this costume, based around the towns of Rucava, Nica and Barta. Today, I am going to present the Nica version. I am going to assume that you can find Latvia on a map, and in any case, it is easy enough to google. it. Here is a map of Latvia showing the historical province of Courland [which has a fascinating history, btw].