Saturday, May 30, 2009

Traditional costume



Here is a young lady in Breton costume taken at the turn of the 20th century. You can see more detail if you click on the image. The daffodils on the skirt caught my eye, was her skirt black or dark green? As well as the lace on her ‘coiffe’(bonnet), the edge of her shawl is interesting. This card makes me think of peace and tranquillity.

5 comments:

A Lady's Life said...

I would think the lace would be an offwhite and the skirt may be brown It doesn't look black.
Brown would look nice with off white flowers. or maybe the flowers were embroidered in a light gree or even yellow??

Peter (Worldman): said...

It is classy, I always liked "old" type of clothing. The men had style too and I always wanted to have a redingote for me. Perhaps I will go to a tailor and have one made.

Anji said...

A Lady's life: Perhaps one day I'd come across a 'coloured' version of this card.

Peter: I like clothes with lots of interesting detail. Hope you find the time to have your redingote made.

A Lady's Life said...

That would be interesting. You know they used to add color to these old postcards. I am not sure how they did it though.By hand?
I have black and white phtographs they added color to.
Maybe they retouched them and rephotographed them when technology advanced.
Interesting to follow the history of cards like this.:)

Anji said...

A Lady's Life: They coloured the negatives. Some were more artistic that others I can ssure you. There were coloured photos around, I think you'll like these:

http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/autochrome/Notable_Photographers_detail.asp?PhotographersID=7