Clogs avaIn the Netherlands, there are 14 provinces and each of them has its own style of national attire, its own traditional accessories, etc. But despite certain features and items of clothing unique for a certain region, there are some general characteristics typical for all Dutch traditional costumes. In this post, we won’t talk about the differences between these regional outfits, rather we’ll look at the common features.

Holland avaNo other folk garment or accessory has as many different designs, styles, and cuts as a headdress. Every country, region, or even village sometimes has its own traditional headpieces. Especially large diversity of hats we see in women’s costumes around the world – from warm winter hats to light coifs to various ceremonial headdresses to headwear constructions that show the marital status, and so on. In this article, we’ll tell you a bit about the so-called “Dutch bonnet” – a beautiful and unique headdress typically worn in some northern European areas.

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.

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.

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.