Italy like almost all European countries have very important regional differences. There are, for example, many impotant differences between north and south. Some of these differences reflect the fact that Italy after the fall of Rome was often ruled by a number of small republics and kingdom. The modern unified nation of Italy only came in existance in the 1860s. Some areas were unfer the control of neighboring countries, including Austria, France, Germany (Holy Roman Empire), and Spain. At this time we have very limited information on Italian folk costumes. Hopefully our Italian readers will assisst us in this area. We have received some information on Sardinia.
We have some examples of traditional Sardinian clothes. Today these clothes are
worn only for special events and at folk festivals. There are some differences (color, embroideries) in each village. In hinterland villages they wear boots, in sea villages (especially in Cabras) they go barefoot.
Wehave no information on other regions at this tim. Nor do we know where the children shown here are from (figure 1).
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