Today, we are going to "go Dutch"...
No, no, not as in ME buying YOU dinner.
I mean GO DUTCH!
If your only impression of a "Dutch Girl" is the little character on the container of Dutch Girl cleanser...look again!
This is absolutely beautiful authentic traditional Dutch clothing, most of which is hand-sewn in the area...
This was my favorite outfit...look at all the details, and of course the bright and beautiful colors! Gingham, plaid, embroidered vest, all of it, and the toppings, all those hats, so unique and beautiful.
And check out the outfit to her left, just gorgeous!
It was all showcased during a street dance, called "klompen" held several times daily in the beautiful vintage downtown area, dancers linked arms and danced in a line taking up a whole city block! It was absolutely beautiful!
Once the dance was over, the outfits were showcased one by one and each was explained: a history of the outfit and what type of person would be wearing it, for example a farmer's wife or a city dweller.
There were girls showcasing all the outfits, but all the outfits with trousers were stand-ins for young men.
Here is a web page explaining the outfits and naming the provinces they hail from in the Netherlands.
Another "young man"...
It all looks like part of a movie set! And both sides of the street are filled with benches for visitors to sit and enjoy.
This would have been a boy's outfit and hat...I just loved it.
"He" wears it so well!
ANOTHER favorite...just beautiful!
The layering is so beautiful...
(My niece, Katie...she's lovely too!)
Yes, that's a trolley!
Holland. Such. A. Beautiful. Town.
So clean, pristine.
Full of lovely old buildings well-cared for and maintained.
Many wonderful places to shop, you could spend days just shopping, plus there are so many, many attractions to see.
We didn't even begin to scratch the surface.
Perhaps next time we'll go for days instead of hours.
(I'm ready to go back, I loved it there.)
There really is no way that pictures even begin to do the place justice. But I tried!
(And...yes, a couple of wooden shoes got "thrown" during the dance, and the dancers just finished as if they had both shoes on...!)