Today I will cover the costumes of north central Brittany, Bro St Brieg. This is called Middle Brittany by some researchers. These are less well known than the costumes of the west, and there is not as much material available. The traditional language of Eastern Brittany was Gallo, although Breton was spoken in some places. Gallo is a northern Romance Language of France, related to French, and is rarely heard today.
Bro Sant-Brieg in Breton
Paeï de Saent-Bérioec in Gallo
Pays de Saint-Brieuc in French
Goelo or Goueloù in Breton
Here is an image of an old costume from Goelo
This was replaced later, except for ceremonial occasions, with the urban bonnet, rich with ruched lace, and more elaborate and sophisticated than the country versions, with broad ties. Individual examples varied in flamboyancy.
Later, like in most of Brittany, the coif shrank till it covered just the top rear of the head. More dressy ones were embroidered, those for daily wear were more plain.
For more ordinary occasions, the coif was made of more plain material, the two lappets were folded in half and then wrapped around the rear of the coif and pinned into place.
Pléneuf in French
A petite coif was developed from the great coif in later years. Here are a couple of photos from St Alban.
For everyday work, a form of the capot was worn. It was black for cool weather, and white calico or muslin for summer.
Later the coif became small and perched on the back of the head, with the lappets folded over the top and a bow in back.
And that concludes this article and the costumes of St. Brieuc. I will continue the costumes of Brittany in two more articles to come, the northeast and the southeast.