National Costumes featured on new Slovenian stamp

February 3rd, 2014

The new stamp by Slovenian post features the interpretation of two figures from paintings of Andrea de Castro made by lithographer Bartolomeo Linassi around 1861.

There are two persons from the Trieste area dressed in traditional clothing worn by farmers in the city’s suburbs (Sln. manderjerska nosa). The depiction on the stamp is based on a black-and-white reproduction of two lithographs published in the book Carobna nit – Il filo magico (Magic Thread; Trieste, 2002). The colour interpretation and adaptation has been made by David Fartek.

The couple illustrates how Slovenians in the Trieste countryside were dressed in the first half of the nineteenth century. This dress style formed the basis for the clothing they wore on special occasions later on; that is, their distinctive festive costumes which began developing in the second half of the nineteenth century and are still used today.

For Slovenians in the Trieste area these costumes form an important link to their Slovenian roots and therefore they use them whenever they want to emphasize this. The man on the stamp is wearing stockings and low shoes, loose below-knee-length breeches, a white shirt, and a waistcoat and a jacket with metal buttons. He is wearing a frkindis, a fur hat commonly used in traditional Trieste costumes. The woman is wearing stockings, low shoes and a skirt with a bodice over a sleeved blouse. A scarf folded into a triangle covers the top of her bodice and she has an apron tied at her waist. She wears a headscarf on her head and a cardigan over her dress.