This year I was determined to show my patriotism for my beloved homeland Wales, and share with you our traditional Welsh costume. Countrywomen were wearing the iconic black hats in the early 19th century, and although English visitors thought it was a Welsh thing, apparently the clothing wasn't that different to country attire back in England. However, Lady Llanover seized upon the costume in an attempt to preserve Welsh identity, and it stuck! So, in possibly the most outlandish outfit that's ever featured on this blog, here I am in traditional Welsh dress.
Skirt: Vintage, thrifted
Blouse: Vintage, thrifted
Boots: Jones the Bootmaker
Scarf (worn as shawl): Peacocks
Traditional Welsh hat: Gift Shop at the Rhondda Heritage Park
I'm proud to be Welsh. Although I was born and raised in Wales, I don't have a Welsh accent, and I can only speak a few words of the Welsh language. But language doesn't equal identity. I've been lucky enough to travel across many continents of the world in my life so far, but the Welsh mountains have always called me home. Wales has given the world Aneurin Bevan (founder of the NHS), Laura Ashley, Dylan Thomas, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Richard Burton, Roald Dahl, and John Cale. Not to mention Gavin and Stacey. That's not bad is it?
I really enjoyed wearing my costume on our trip to the National History Museum, the reaction from children was particularly priceless, staring at me wide-eyed as though I was a Disney Princess! I obviously didn't walk around the whole day dressed in the full Welsh garb. I took off the apron, and put on a leather jacket.
If you're interested to see more pictures of traditional Welsh costume, there are many photos online hosted by the National Library of Wales on Flickr that you can browse at your leisure. Here's a glimpse!