Netherlands

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Clog avaFor centuries, Dutch people wore their traditional wooden shoes called “clogs” or “klompen”. This footwear seems odd and totally bizarre for outsiders, but it has a certain very important purpose: to protect the feet from mechanical damage and to help locals cope with the dirt and mud (typical for the damp Dutch climate). No cloth or leather shoes could do the deed as good as wooden clogs. But let’s see how these shoes are made by a famous Dutch craftsman Mr. Beekhuiszen from Eemnes, the Netherlands. He makes every pair by his hands and the simplest tools, rather than industrially carve them.

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Lady avaEuropean winters in the 17th century were harsh and cold. Even inside the house, people couldn’t cuddle in warmth and comfort. Wealthy people that is, not to mention the poor classes. So, the European women had to wear a lot of layers of clothing to feel more or less comfy. Let’s have a look at a Dutch female costume from 1665 and everything it included. Why so exact date? It’s simple – because this attire is depicted on one of the Vermeer’s paintings.

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Clogs avaCall them the poor man's answer to the rubber boots. Centuries ago, farmers chipped out holes in wooden blocks to keep their feet dry. Over the years, the blocks were refined into inexpensive but durable footwear. Today, they're most commonly associated with the history and tradition of the Netherlands. And we are ready to show you how they are made at the factory.

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Dutch costume avaThe interesting thing about the United States of America is that most of the citizens are descendants from European settlers, and they often maintain the clothing traditions of their ancestors (English, French, Dutch, Portuguese people). Dutch folk costumes are among the most outstanding and even weird garments for Americans. And you’re able to see such outfits with your own eyes during the Tulip Time Festival held in a Holland city, Michigan, the US, every May.