Today I am going to do a posting for a special friend of mine, Aelita. She was born in the city of Rezekne, in Latgalia. The Latgalians were one of the Baltic peoples, a group of related tribes that included the Lithuanians, Prussians Semigallians, Yotvingians and others. The Prussians became assimilated by Germans that settled on their territory, and lost their language in the middle ages. Others were assimilated by the Bielorussians and the Poles, and others coalesced to form the modern day Latvians and Lithuanians. Here is a map of the Baltic tribes around 1200 AD. For further historical information see these two articles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latgalians
. Here is the same woman wearing one.
Aija Jansone et al, 'Ieteikumi Latviesu Tautas Terpu Valkatajiem', Riga, 2002
T. Razina, 'Folk Art in the Soviet Union', Leningrad, 1990