When I did my articles on the costumes of the Rhaetian peoples, I had very little information on the costume of the Ampezzo valley. I have received new information, and so will talk about it now.
Cortina d'Ampezzo, in Ladin Anpezo, is in the northwest corner of the province of Belluno in the region of Veneto. It is one of the five valleys in which the majority of people speak the Ladin language. It is shown in green on this map.
There are four costumes which are currently worn by the women of this valley for special occasions, one of which is a revival of an older style. I will be giving costume terminology in the Ladin language.
1. Ra Vècia
This means 'the old one'. This costume was worn in Anpezo up till the middle of the 19th cent. Originally it was worn with a jacket that had large cuffs. The first print shown is from Emma Calderini, and the second one from 'Trachten den Alpenlaender' by Hans von Hammerstein. The second print also shows the bodice, with a necklace and part of the chemise on the hanger.
Here is a drawing of how the revived dress is worn today.
The foundation garment was a chemise of linen with lace around the collar.
A petticoat was worn, in winter this would be of red wool flannel.
Amelia Menardi Illing, 'Il Costume in Ampezzo', Cortina, 1995
Emma Calderini, 'Il Costume Popolare in Italia', Milan, 1953
Uta Radakovich, 'Costume Tradizionali dell'AltoAdige/Suedtirol', Trento, 2009
Hans Von Hammerstein, 'Trachten der Alpenlaender', Vienna, 1937
Rudolf Fochler, 'Trachten in Oesterreich', Wels, 1980