April 24, 2009
The Portuguese town of Viana do Castelo is in Minho region of northern Portugal. It is known for its folk traditions in particular its regional dress. These beautiful outfits are considered to be the most coloruful costumes in Portugal. Instead of the complicated headdresses worn in many countries, the women of Viana do Castelo wear a simple scarf draped loosely over their heads.
The woman’s skirt is a rainbow of bright colour constructed of homespun linen and wool. The bodice of her dress bears intricate embroidery work. A shawl, which matches her head scarf, is sometimes worn and is tucked into her waistband. They also wear beautifully embroidered slip-on shoes called mules.
The men’s portuguese costume is equally distinctive. He wears a black suit with white or silver buttons sewn in a curved line on the jacket. A red sash is tied around his waist.