16 panels, a collage of 16x20x20cm on wood.
Folk costumes from the South-West of the Netherlands, Zeeland.
Zeeland is a province of the Netherlands, located in the south-western region. The capital of Zeeland is Middelburg. Zeeland is famous for the mussels and oysters from Yerseke, the dikes, dunes and the Delta Plan to prevent flooding (Zeeland lies below see-level) and also the traditional costumes. Ages ago, Zeeland consisted of a lot of islands.
Because the people were separated by water, each island developed its own typical costume. In the course of ages, dams and reclamation projects connected the islands. However the differences between the costumes didn’t disappear. Nowadays the costumes are mostly out of fashion. Only a few elderly people still wear them today.
The distinctive feature of Zeeland’s costume are the large white lace caps. It is striking to see that Protestant women in the former islands North and South Beveland wear shell-shaped caps, and Roman-Catholic women the square-shaped ones. To learn more about dress and tradition, the Zeeland Museum at Middelburg maintains a large collection of traditional costumes.
acrylic on panel