Local Heart, Global Soul

May 22, 2019

The Karaoke Of Costume…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next item in the route of the 2017 Sand Sculptures exhibition in Garderen brings up to: Volendam.  The information on the board translates as:

Volendam: Volendam is a picturesque fishing village on the IJsselmeer with characteristic green and white cottages, where the smell of smoked fish is omnipresent and nostalgia and traditional costumes are cherished.

Have you ever had your photograph taken in a traditional Volendam suit or costume?”

I’ve lived here for more than 20 years and No, I haven’t ever gotten around to doing this.

Mind you are the sort of tourist family who like to steer clear of the busier tourist traps, except when it would be silly to miss them, (Tour Eiffel and the like). This is an area where some people wear their traditional costumes on special holiday days, but an ever increasingly fewer of the older generation in places like Volendam, Alkmaar, Makkum, Urk (and others) still wear traditional costume ever day.

When I first arrived in the Hague I used to see some of the elderly Scheveningen ladies in their traditional costume in the supermarket by the harbour; both the supermarket and the ladies are long since gone. It’s nice that visitors can get a little taste of what the national costumes were like and like the Karaoke for clothing, what’s wrong with getting involved, having fun and dressing up?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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