Latvia day, 8 May

Hand woven band, late 20th century, from Latvia (TRC 2012.0317).

Hand woven band, late 20th century, from Latvia (TRC 2012.0317).

The TRC is going to have a 'pop-up' Latvia day on the 8th May! Dr. Ieva Pigozne from the Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia will be in Leiden for one week and has very kindly agreed to give two lectures about Latvian textiles and dress.

The morning lecture (starting at 10.30) will be about Latvian archaeological textiles. The first textile finds date back to the 3rd-4th centuries, but most finds are dated to the 9th-13th centuries. The majority of the finds are of woollen garments from female graves that were decorated with bronze rings and spirals. A valuable find are the remains of a man’s dress from the Tira bog. Archaeological textiles reflect tribal differences: the Finno-Ugric tribe used to decorate their clothing in a different manner than the Baltic tribes did. The most remarkable differences are reflected in the jewellery of each ethnic group. The presentation will also show sets of dress reconstructed by the National History Museum of Latvia. 

The afternoon lecture (starting at 14.00) will be about Latvian folk dress from the 18th-20th centuries. Traditional Latvian dress was worn by the Latvian peasants until the second half of the 19th century. It reflects local traditions, with regional differences. Changes occurred together with the development of urban fashion, when the peasants began to wear similar clothing to the city dwellers. But when Latvians started to organise Song Festivals, they also felt the need for national costume that the singers could wear. Thus the development of Latvian folk costumes begun and has been tightly connected to the tradition of Song and Dance Festivals (now included in the UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage).

If you wish to register for one or both lectures could you please let us know as soon as possible, as there is a limited number of places available. The price for each lecture is 7.50 euros, inc. tea/coffee.

Date: Wednesday 8 May; Time: 10.30-12.00 and 14.00-15.30; Venue: TRC, Hogewoerd 164, Leiden; Language: English; Entrance: 7.50 euro per lecture; Registration: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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