31 March 2011

"Ladies from Livonia"

Albrecht Dürer : Three Mighty Ladies from Livonia (1521)

Livonia was the area on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea.  Found at Uncertain Times.  I wish I had time to look up some information about this curious fashion, but garden chores await...

p.s. - for some reason the triangular top on the lady on the far left reminds me of a flatworm...

Update:  A reader from Latvia comments that these costumes are not traditional eastern Baltic outfits, but are rather dresses of the German aristocracy of the time.

8 comments:

  1. Is there an element of "hear no, speak no, see no" couture at work here?

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  2. For some strange reason, I'm also seeing a flatworm, though I also wanted to say flukeworm for some reason.

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  3. I doubt it. I did find this about ancient Latvian dress -

    http://www.li.lv/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=42&Itemid=1129

    but it doesn't show anything like that above.

    This blog gets several hundred visits/month from readers in Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. Perhaps one of them will know.

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  4. Hi, I am from Latvia (Riga) and I can hopefully explain. :D

    From:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livonia

    Livonia was inhabited by various Baltic and Finnic peoples, ruled by an upper class of Baltic Germans. Over the course of time, some nobles were polonized into the Polish-Lithuanian nobility (Szlachta) or russified into the Russian nobility (Dvoryanstvo).


    As our host Mr. Minnesotastan has found out - those indeed are not clothes worn by native Latvians/Livs/Lithuanians/Estonians. Those are dresses of German "aristocracy" - and as such they are not considered Latvian/Liv/Lithuanian/Estonian.

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  6. Sean, I deleted your comment because it doesn't add anything to TYWKIWDBI - you're just trying to use my blog to insult someone at another blog (?).

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  7. Anonymous, thanks for your comment; I've added that information to the post. :.)

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  8. These are incredible! When I first glanced at them, i though - hm, looks like Edward Gorey or someone like that - uch more recent. But...Durer! An old favourite. And such witty, almost cartoonish little drawings. How fun!

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