jeudi 23 août 2007

A Bit of Culture

A couple of weeks ago when the weather was hot and not incessant rain and grey skies. I went to one of the local agricultural craft fayres where they celebrate the old ways and all manner of things created and done by hand. It is a time for people to get together and bring alive the local crafts and traditions, for farmers to dust off all manner of old farm machinery and proudly demonstrate what must have been laborious and back breaking work, threshing wheat and the like. There is also music from the Breton pipes and ladies sit and spin and chat. Of course some of the traditions remain strong and there are a number of local dance groups participating in Breton Dancing. So for your enjoyment and interest a few snaps.

Breton Ladies in traditional dress carding and spinning whilst no doubt catching up on all the latest gossip.

Breton Dancers in traditional dress, the lace caps are very much a feature and the shape and design was used to indicate the region or village you belonged to.

Clog making traditional clogs are still worn on a daily basis by some in some parts of Brittany.

2 commentaires:

cyndy a dit…

What a great video of the women spinning!! Thank you!!

Kanisha a dit…

My pleasure Cyndy, glad you enjoyed it

The Ouessant Sheep originates from the island of Ouessant, part of a tiny archipelago just off the north coast of Finistere, Brittany. The island of terror as it was known to some, was swept by the full force of the atlantic’s weather, the hardy sheep adapted to survive on poor grazing from salty clifftop meadows. It was the women of the island that raised the sheep, renowned for their black wool to weave into cloth known locally as berlinge and their meat with its sweet and delicate taste.

La race "Mouton d'Ouessant" est originaire de l’île d’’Ouessant qui fait parti d’un petit archipel au large du Finistère, Bretagne. L’île de l'épouvante comme c'était connu par certains était balayé par les intempéries de l’atlantique, ces moutons rustiques s'adaptaient à survivre sur les pâturages pauvres des falaises salées. C’était les femmes de l’île qui élevaient les moutons réputés pour leur laine noire à tisser « la berlinge » une étoffe régionale et leur viande avec un goût doux et délicat.

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