Hello everyone, from a very cold, snowy Holland. This time I want to tell you something about my favourite DOLL. Yes indeed, a doll. Not that I still play with dolls; actually, I never really did. All I used to do was sew clothes for them.
My favourite doll is not a doll to play with. I got her for my first birthday from my grandparents. They lived in the province of Zeeland, and wanted to give their grandchildren something from there. So I got a doll in costume. The costume is handmade and exactly according to the standard of the region of Zuid-Beveland; to be more exact, the protestant costume.
Although the dress and the scarf are very specific, it is especially the cap which tells where the costume was worn.
When I was a child and I visited Zeeland, there were quite some women in the streets wearing the costume. Not only in Zuid-Beveland, but also in other parts of Zeeland. Nowadays it is still worn, but very seldom.
For the costumes there were special fabrics. I have a few of them in my stash. They are quite heavy cotton fabrics, and the designs are woven in. As far as I know, every single fabric was used in a specific way, according to certain rules for making the costumes.