19th century Welsh women in typical Welsh clothing... Ginghams, plaids, stripes and wild hats....

19th century Welsh women in typical Welsh clothing... Ginghams, plaids, stripes and wild hats....

The Mari Lwyd or, in Welsh, Y Fari Lwyd, is a New Year custom once prevalent in the valleys of South Wales. Translated, the name means ‘the Grey (or Holy) Mary’ although this is likely a more recent rendering of ‘the Grey Mare’, as the tradition surrounding the Mari Lwyd involves the parading of a horse’s skull.

The Mari Lwyd or, in Welsh, Y Fari Lwyd, is a New Year custom once prevalent in the valleys of South Wales. Translated, the name means ‘the Grey (or Holy) Mary’ although this is likely a more recent rendering of ‘the Grey Mare’, as the tradition surrounding the Mari Lwyd involves the parading of a horse’s skull.

Traditional Welsh dress was worn by women in rural areas of Wales.The distinctive dress was based on a form of bedgown made from wool, of a style dating from the 18th century, worn over a corset. This was teamed with a printed neckerchief, a petticoat, apron and knitted stockings. The dress was completed by a high crowned hat reminiscent of 17th century fashions and a red, caped cloak. Prior to the late 18th / early 19th century there was no such thing as a Welsh national costume.

Traditional Welsh dress was worn by women in rural areas of Wales.The distinctive dress was based on a form of bedgown made from wool, of a style dating from the 18th century, worn over a corset. This was teamed with a printed neckerchief, a petticoat, apron and knitted stockings. The dress was completed by a high crowned hat reminiscent of 17th century fashions and a red, caped cloak. Prior to the late 18th / early 19th century there was no such thing as a Welsh national costume.

Welsh Women in Traditional Costume c1935 - not so much with the hats, but the pattern/colour combos are cool...

Welsh Women in Traditional Costume c1935 - not so much with the hats, but the pattern/colour combos are cool...

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