Folk costume of the women of the Vilnius region
The holiday attire of the women of the Vilnius region is notable for its smartness and colourful ornamentation.
The blouse is of fine lawn. The sleeves are adorned with an elaborate design. The collar, the sleeve ends, and the front are bordered with lacing in simple design.
The skirt is chequered, with emphasized transverse stripes. These stripes are set off by transverse stripes in picked pattern (“rinktinis rastas”) the design of which are integrated into the checks of the pattern. The skirt is with gathers or with small pleats in the waist.
The bodice (“kiklikas”) is made of chequered cloth. Between the checks a design in cat’s paws is worked. The style of the bodice is peculiar: the neck is broad, with a triangular cut at the front where an inset of plain material is inserted. The shirtfront is crossed by three narrow bands of tissue that fasten the bodice with buttons.
The apron is made of cloth with transverse stripes in a two-colour picked pattern (“rinktinis rastas”). The hem is bordered with a broader pattern band.
The head-dress consists of a kerchief with a chaplet (“pabriuvelis”) made of a narrow tape which a row of small triangles and broader one-colour band of tissue. This kerchief adorend with a picked design (“rinktinis rastas”) is fastened to the chaplet.
The light-coloured shawl is woven in a picked pattern (“rinktinis rastas”) and fringed.