Today I am continueing the series on Latvia, I will look at the costume of the Province of Zemgale [Semigalia]. The Semigalians, one of the Baltic tribes, are renowned for their stong resistance to the invasion of their lands by the German Teutonic Knights in the 13th cent. They form the bulk of the populatin in the present day Province of Semigalia [Zemgale], along with a certain admixture of the Votes, a small Finnic people from Ingria in present day Russia. Here is a short article about the Semigalians, a more general article on the history of the Latvian ethnic groups and a map of the area at the time.
Aija Jansone et al, 'Ieteikumi Latviesu Tautas Terpu Valkatajiem', Riga, 2002
T. Razina, 'Folk Art in the Soviet Union', Leningrad, 1990