As the nights draw in and the winter returns I need some colour to help me stay happy throughout those dark light starved months.The cultures of the cold parts of the world reflect this in their vibrant folk art and costume Tales of dark forests,warm fires and hearty food are all part of survival through the lean and chilly season.
The Laps have this off to a fine art,love the swirling skirts.
The hemlines,belts and embellishment are so cheerful in the snow.
This is a glorious book from the British Museum which is available on Amazon.
The amazing variety of pattern and style is fascinating if you are into fabric, texture and colour.
Here is a nice idea for Christmas!
I love this and will have a go at making something similar. The shirt would be easy and would be lovely in a cosy red flannel or brushed cotton. The little bag is beautiful and out of my league I am afraid however Gudrun Sjoden has something similar this year in her winter collection.
This would also be fairly simple,lovely embroidered ribbon on the hem and shoulder straps. You could add a flouncy flannel petticoat for extra warmth.
Another adaptable idea that could be fashioned from the dirndl with shoulder straps added.
All these clothes need a sturdy pair of warm boots!
Well it is no good sitting here I should be cutting and sewing before jack frost nips at my toes. I hope you get a few ideas for warm and colourful clothes from these pictures. It has me inspired anyway!
Keep warm and jolly!