ZEELAND, The Netherlands
Zeeland is the western most province of The Netherlands. It consists of a number of islands and peninsulas (hence it's name meaning "sea land") and a strip of land bordering Belgium. Large parts of Zeeland are actually below sea level.
The distinctive feature of Zeeland’s traditional costume, is the large white lace cap with "kissers", at the temples. Kissers are a feature of all the costumes of Zeeland. Historically, ornaments were attached to the kissers to indicate the wealth of the family and have nothing to do with attracting boys or from stopping the boys from kissing the girls. Kissers were, simply put, pieces of jewelry.
Protestant women, in the former islands of North and South Beveland wore shell-shaped caps, and Roman-Catholic women wore square-shaped ones.
In the southern province of Middelburg, the colourful costume features a black skirt and blouse, a striped floral, high-waisted apron and a small brighly coloured dickey, with a white collar. The fitted eyelet hat, hugs the head and is adorned by gold spring-like "kissers" worn at the sides.
In Walcheren, the dress is worn with a blue-and-white checked or striped apron and includes a floral dickey. Lace from the close-fitting hat, flows loosely over the shoulders. Spiral "kissers" dangle from the hat.
In Zuid, the distinctive traditional costume, with it's stiffly starched hat, includes large gold square "kissers". The kissers are worn at the temples. The costume can either be black with a black apron and paisley print dickey and scarf, or a brighter costume with blue skirt and bodice, striped apron, checked dickey and orange plaid scarf.
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