Welsh Costume Items
Traditional Welsh dress was worn in Wales from about 1700 to 1900. It varied somewhat in style over that period, and also varied in different parts of Wales. For example, today's perception that a Welsh costume has to be black, red and white is not actually very accurate from a historical point of view. For more about this subject, see the book on Welsh costume offered below. To see how Welsh costume today is often portrayed, you may want to look at how the Welsh dolls are dressed.
The items below are for Welsh girls and women. For boys, we offer a tweed cap on the caps/ties page, and a bandanna on the Welsh fabrics page.
Standard Cone-Shaped Welsh Hat
This is the standard black Welsh costume hat that makes the Welsh costume so distinctive. Ours are made of felt, with white lace sewn all around inside the brim, and a white ribbon to tie under your chin.
Our standard quality hat. Scalloped and pleated
lace 2"wide around inside of brim. Available in three sizes:
WC1A. Large: 23 1/2" around inside at the widest part of the cone-shaped crown where it meets the brim. Standard quality. $10.
WC1B. Medium: 22 1/2" around inside at the widest part of the cone-shaped crown where it meets the brim. Standard quality. $10.
WC1C. Small: 20" around inside at the widest part of the cone-shaped crown where it meets the brim. Standard quality. $10.
Ladies: when you measure your head, remember that if you want the hat to come down past where you measured, you need the larger hat. Most adult women wear size large.
Welsh Cockle Bonnet
WC2. Cockle bonnet: The black bonnet worn by the
cockle women in the Gower Peninsula of Wales. We now have three sizes:
WC2A. Size small. For children. $10.
WC2B. Medium size. For children, or women with small heads. $10
WC2C. Large size, for standard adult head. $10
Welsh Costume Mob (Under) Cap
WC3. White mob cap to wear under Welsh hat. This is a round lace-edged cap, with stretchy elastic all around. One size. $5
Welsh Costume White Collar
WC4. Lace-edged costume collar: white cotton, one size. This is 6 1/2" wide at the widest part at the back of the neck, plus 2" of lace, 8 1/2" wide overall. The collar tapers to a point on each side at the front; the overall length is 50" including the lace points. $8
Welsh Costume Paisley Shawl
WC5. Paisley shawl. (Paisley was a popular
pattern for shawls in old times in Wales.) Red knit rayon fabric with blue/brown paisley
pattern, 1 1/4" wide white cotton fringe on all sides.
WC5AL. Size large: 30" x 30" square plus fringe. $14
WC5AS. Size small: 27" x 27" square plus fringe. $13
Welsh Costume Checked Shawl
This red-and-black traditional checked shawl is made of 100% cotton with nylon fringe (the fringe is either pure white or off white). Available in two sizes.
WC5BL. Size large: 28" square plus fringe.
WC5BS. Size small: 26" square plus fringe. $13
White Costume Apron
White cotton apron with 2" wide lace around, cotton ties.
WC6A. Size small. Length: 12 1/2" long overall, including lace and waistband. $6
WC6B. Size large. Length: 18 long overall, including lace and waistband. $7 Out of stock.
Welsh Costume Checked Apron
WC7. Black/white cotton check apron has white
2-inch wide lace all around, as above. Black ribbon ties. The checked fabric has been
woven to look like Welsh traditional wool; the check is a small design.
WC7A. Size small 12" long overall, including the waistband and lace. $7
WC7B. Size large 17" long overall, including the waistband and lace. $8
Boy's Traditional Welsh Cap for Costume
WC8. This British-style tweed cap in wool blend has a snap brim, quilted lining. (They do not have elastic for adjustability.) Two British sizes: 55 cm and 56 cm. These are men's smallish medium sizes: 55 cm is American 6 7/8; 56 cm is American size 7. Sorry, these are our only sizes. We ordered them especially for boys' Welsh costume outfits. Price: $12
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