B – The Traditional Women’s Costume


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Today the woman’s costume is usually worn only on special occasions or when we want to talk about our traditions. When we wear it we feel even closer to our people and our traditions. Nearly all of the female children, young girls and women in the Wasler community have their own traditional costume. They do not buy their costumes in a shop. In the past there would have been at least one person in every family who knew how to make and sew a traditional costume, however, today there is only one women left who knows how to make it. Madam Carla! She is a very patient dressmaker, who sews all the dresses for all of the Walser women in Gressoney-La-Trinité, Gressoney-Saint-Jean and Issime. Everything is made by hand, nothing is bought ready-made in a shop including the skirt and the blouse. Carla sees to everything.


B – The apron

The black apron is a part of the costume. Today the costume is only worn on special occasions but in the past it was worn every day. In the past the apron was used to keep the skirt clean while they were doing their chores....



B – The Bib

The Bib is made in black velvet which is adorned with metallic or silk threads and sequins in various different colours. There is usually some gold thread embroidering on the bib also. Each woman chooses the design that she prefers. The bib has not a...



B – The Blouse

The blouse is white and the women who will wear it choose the pattern and lacework they prefer for their blouse. Each blouse will always be the same colour....



B – The Bonnet

The bonnet is the most important part of the traditional costume and it is made exclusively by hand by Carla, the only dressmaker in the Lys Valley. Once the pattern for the bonnet has been designed and made to the desired size, Carla cleverly weaves...



B – The different parts of the costume

The traditional female costume is made up of six pieces: there is a skirt, blouse, apron, bib, jacket and bonnet. Even Queen Margherita of Savoia liked the costume. In fact she liked the Lys Valley so much that she had her husband build a castle at G...



B – The Jacket

The costume was completed with a tight-fitting short black jacket made in felt or velvet. This too was often adorned in goldwork embroidery chosen by the person who would be wearing the costume....



B – The Skirt

In addition to the bonnet, the part of the costume that most catches the eye is the red skirt. While it is a bright red colour, there are different shades of red. When a skirt is a dark violet-red colour it means that the woman wearing the costume i...



B – The Traditional Men’s costume

The male costume is not really a traditional costume. Men did not wear particular types of suits in the past. Instead they would have always worn the same clothes everyday except for special occasions when they would wear a special suit. With the pas...



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