Saturday, February 15, 2014

Greenland, Ilulissat: Greenlandic national costume

When Europeans set foot in Greenland in 17-18th century, they brought textiles and beads for trade, and so Inuit's animal skin clothing was gradually changed to fabric one. Most distinctive are women sweathers, Lopapeysa (in Icelandic)- with wide decorative circle surrounding the neck opening. Patterns differ by Greenland's regions and have Icelandic national costume. It is thought that patterns might have been influenced by South American, Turkish or Swedish style. The only change to costume in centuries is small inside pocket for mobile phone! Today national costumes are worn during special occacsions and festivals, such as Christmas, Easter, Greenland's National day, birthdays, weddings, christenings, and as well as first day at school.


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