While flicking through my Italian photo archives the other day I found these wonderful photos that my American friend Linda sent me. She was visiting a small mountain village of Scanno in Abruzzo last summer and came across two local women wearing traditional clothes.
Scanno is one of very few places in Italy where you can snap pictures like that, as older women still wear traditional attire daily. Although, it has been simplified to a large dark skirt sitting above the waist, shoulder shawl and a headscarf tied at the back, it still echoes the old days. Back in the 1950s, when most local women were still sporting traditional outfits, some skirts were made with up to 15 metres of fabric. Locals will tell you that wool skirts sometimes weighed around 10 kilograms. Younger people in Scanno dress in brighter, more elaborate folk costumes once or twice a year for festivals or, sometimes, a wedding. The best time to spot local ladies in their traditional garb is on a Sunday before or after the morning mass at the Santa Maria della Valle church on the central piazza. But be warned, not many of them like being photographed, so it is better to ask them.