National Clothing

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Yesterday me and John had to go to a wedding – so formal clothing was appropriate. Fortunately here in the Faroe Islands we have a national clothing suit for both men and woman.

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The men have a woolen vest silk back. The colors are different and so are the patterns embroidered on the vest. The pants are knee-high and also woolen. Then they wear knee-high woolen socks too and a special braided rope to hold up the socks. The buttons are always genuine silver with a special pattern.

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The vest is what stands out in the mens uniform. I embroidered and chose the colors and pattern for his vest to give him as a graduation present. The color is called King Blue and the pattern has tree different colors of blue for the flowers and two greens for the leafs. In the middle of the flower is a hint of yellow.

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John inherited this pocket watch from his late grandfather John S. Mortensen, who died before john was born – so this means a lot to him and he always carries it with hid national uniform.

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The women’s clothing on the other hand comes in many variations and colors. But the most common and traditional is a red striped woolen skirt and a red patterned sweater. To hold the sweater in place there are 8 silver “buttons” that are combined by a silver chain.

For the womans uniform it’s usually the apron and the scarf that stad out and come in a large variation. Mine us black with different colors of read. My grandmother made it for my graduation and even made the flower pattern herself. So I’m pretty sure it’s one of a kind.
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