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Favorite thing: Latvia falls into five ethnographic regions: Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale, Latgale, Augszeme, their distinctions reaching as far back as the ancient Balts and Finno-Ugrians. The feudal period with its territorial seclusion and total subjugation of serfs to their lords enhanced the regional and local varieties of the national costume. Regional borders were, however, not stricktly marked and a certain cultural interchange did exist. Regional variations were most pronounced in the proportions of woman's clothes, the cut and the colour-scheme, embroidery technique and composition , adornment of belts, socks and mittens. Headgear, outdoor clothes and footwear were not different. Headgear was the first item to undergo town influence through purchased material and new fashions.

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  • Written Sep 3, 2002
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