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"Tell me what bonnet you wear ..."
exhibition of traditional St.Gallen bonnets
June 12th to November 3rd, 2002
On two Sundays: 18th of August and 22 of
September 2002, 11 am to 4 pm
magnificent golden wheel bonnet, which is made of lamé
lace, reveals a Catholic St.Gallen townswoman.
This special exhibition shows the impressive diversity of the headgear that is typical of the various regions' traditional costumes. This diversity is the result of a combination of the different bonnet types such as the wheel bonnet, wing bonnet and dusette and a wide variety of arts-and-crafts textile techniques. The manufacture of wheel bonnets, for instance, involves bobbin lace, darned netting or chenille work. The backs of the bonnets may be made by different types of lace and embroidery involving metal threads.
A crucial reason for this rich and varied culture of traditional costumes is the historical evolution of the Canton of Saint Gallen, which will be celebrating its 200th anniversary in the coming year. When the Canton joined the Swiss Confederation in 1803, it was made up of all the areas which, after the dissolution of the Helvetic Cantons Säntis and Linth, were assigned neither to the Cantons of Glarus and Schwyz, nor to the two Half-Cantons of Appenzell.
paintings, drawings, and photographs document the
transformation that took place in the second half of the
19th century, when traditional costumes changed from the
festive dress of the rural population into an emblem of
national identity, the "dress of the homeland".
We dedicate a portrait each to the two personalities who made essential contributions to the revival of St.Gallen's traditional costume culture: the artist, architect and traditional costume designer Hedwig Scherrer from Montlingen (1878-1940), and the explorer of the technique of lamé lace, Rosa Enzler (1904-1992).
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