Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Other Interesting Austrian Garments

Here are two more interesting Tirolean pieces that I saw at the Trachtenwerstatt.
In the images below, you can also see a woman’s hat from a different region of Austria. Note the long velvet bands that hang down the Sabine’s back, from the hat to her knees. The hat is made of black velvet cotton (we call it velveteen in the U.S. and Canada). The underside of the brim is fully embroidered with gold covered thread (which is traditional in the past, but now a metallic thread is used).

In the second image, you can see a vest that was hand knit by Christine and is modeled by Ursula. Christine used primarily garter stitch to create the body of the vest. Yet, with the simple stitch, she has added a lot of wonderful details which include the trimming, the embellishment at the front, and the absolutely great cable-stitch inset at center back, which is actually a wedge that is pleated (like a box pleat) into the opening. A clasp holds the pleat somewhat closed in the lower end of it. Isn’t it great!

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