There is no costume representative of all Abruzzi. There are many, and they change in time and space. We chose a type belonging to a style which was used for a long time in a large area of central Abruzzi of which originals are preserved in Museums, and can be studied and copied in detail. To see how we managed to do that go to the Researcher section.



Male and female dresses of the group

Barbara and Marco, Pietracamela, San Rocco's day

Silvia, wearing a '900 traditional dress

Guardiagrele area

originals and phylologic copies of Abruzzi traditional dress

female dress used by the group 'La Cumbagnie' in the colors red, brown, blue, green.

The colors refer to marital status or belonging to a work or religious organisation (corporazioni).

This dress was usend up to 1850 in the Scanno area.

This model is quite typical of central Abruzzi dress used from Renaissance to the end of 1800.

back view of the female dress

note the embroidered heat

"Ju cappellitte" is the name of the quite complex headress.

The hat consists of three parts: tocca' is the hard inside, 'ju fasciatore' is the embroidered and folded large scarf, 'ju viulitte' is the external belt of soft cloth with gold and silver strips.

'mandera' is the name of the apron.

details of the 'Cappellitto'

The hat is completed by a plait of silk.

male simar, about first half of the XIX century

male dress

late '800 dresses from the Scanno area.

The female heat 'ju cappellitte' is in the common style ''ngappatura' composed of a 'tocca' and a black 'fasciatore'. The mandera (apron) is in the type 'mboroscie'.

marriage dress with silk brocade apron

Loreta Silano from Scanno demonstrating the "pedera" a red strip inside the skirt

the 'pedera' prevents damage to the skirt cloths. The weight of the skirt is about 5-6 kilos

'ju cappellite d'uore', special for marriages and completed by white plaits.

In the case of 'ju cappellitte d'uore' the 'fasciatore' is of light blue silk, and 'ju viulitte' have vertical strips of silver and gold, red and blue stripes of silk are sometimes present..

details of the Scanno traditional dress used after 1850 and up to the first World War.

'ju cappellitte d'uore (hat), treccia (plait) , ju commudene (jacket) with the 'bttije' composed of 12 silver buttons with variable symbols, saliscendi (gold necklace)

Loreta Silano show how to wear the plaits

Plaits color are: white for weddings, red for the Saint Eustachio day, light blue for the Madonna delle Grazie day and brown for the Madonna del Carmine. Black and violet are for mourning.

Dragoon shaped silver hook on a male cloak

these are ladies from Rapino and Guardiagrele wearing the '900 dress "honna de lu cutele".

People from 'Le antiche arti' and 'Touta Maruca' cultural associations


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