Wearing of Kihnu homespun striped skirt (kört)

Photo: Olev Mihkelmaa It is only on the island of Kihnu that women still continue to wear traditional costumes in daily life - a homespun woollen vertically striped skirt is called a kört. Almost every family of Kihnu still has the necessary skills and a will to make these skirts. Owning and wearing a kört is considered important in the community and is part of the identity of the Kihnu people. Every woman in Kihnu should have at least five skirts of a different colour to wear. The use of different skirts varies according to the age and status of the woman, and also depends on the occasion. A decorative red horizontal band on the bottom hem is connected with protective magic against evil. Community members know the meanings of different colours well and scold those who happen to break the rules. The kört has changed over time: patterns are more elaborate, stripes are narrower, some new colours are used and the length of the skirt has changed as well. Even global fashion has had its impact on the skirt-wearing tradition. Daily, the kört is worn with store-bought clothing. Married women also wear aprons. On festive occasions women wear the full set of national costume: embroidered cuffs, woven belt, stockings, soft heelless shoes of leather, shawl, brooches and beads. Married women also wear a coif.

Wearing of Kihnu homespun striped skirt (kört)

This entry to the inventory was compiled by Mare Mätas

Wearing of Kihnu homespun striped skirt (kört)
Photo: Olev Mihkelmaa
It is only on the island of Kihnu that women still continue to wear traditional costumes in daily life - a homespun woollen vertically striped skirt is called a kört. Almost every family of Kihnu still has the necessary skills and a will to make these skirts. Owning and wearing a kört is considered important in the community and is part of the identity of the Kihnu people.
 

Every woman in Kihnu should have at least five skirts of a different colour to wear. The use of different skirts varies according to the age and status of the woman, and also depends on the occasion. A decorative red horizontal band on the bottom hem is connected with protective magic against evil. Community members know the meanings of different colours well and scold those who happen to break the rules.

 

The kört has changed over time: patterns are more elaborate, stripes are narrower, some new colours are used and the length of the skirt has changed as well. Even global fashion has had its impact on the skirt-wearing tradition. Daily, the kört is worn with store-bought clothing. Married women also wear aprons. On festive occasions women wear the full set of national costume: embroidered cuffs, woven belt, stockings, soft heelless shoes of leather, shawl, brooches and beads. Married women also wear a coif.

Viimati uuendatud 21. aprillil 2015
Wearing of Kihnu homespun striped skirt (kört)
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Photo: Olev Mihkelmaa It is only on the island of Kihnu that women still continue to wear traditional costumes in daily life - a homespun woollen vertically striped skirt is called a kört. Almost every family of Kihnu still has the necessary skills and a will to make these skirts. Owning and wearing a kört is considered important in the community and is part of the identity of the Kihnu people. Every woman in Kihnu should have at least five skirts of a different colour to wear. The use of different skirts varies according to the age and status of the woman, and also depends on the occasion. A decorative red horizontal band on the bottom hem is connected with protective magic against evil. Community members know the meanings of different colours well and scold those who happen to break the rules. The kört has changed over time: patterns are more elaborate, stripes are narrower, some new colours are used and the length of the skirt has changed as well. Even global fashion has had its impact on the skirt-wearing tradition. Daily, the kört is worn with store-bought clothing. Married women also wear aprons. On festive occasions women wear the full set of national costume: embroidered cuffs, woven belt, stockings, soft heelless shoes of leather, shawl, brooches and beads. Married women also wear a coif.

This entry to the inventory was compiled by Mare Mätas Wearing of Kihnu homespun striped skirt (kört)

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