Until 3rd January 2021

House of the Alsatian headdress


The Alsatian headdress is not just a big black bow – there is actually a wide variety of headdresses, specific to their areas and contributing to the wealth of traditional costumes in Alsace. The golden age of regional costumes in France reached its apogee in the 19th century. The headdress is a key part of the Alsatian costume and is a strong signal of local identity. Women used to wear the headdress as a sign of personal expression and social identity and, in the second half of the 19th century, to show their religious allegiance and marital status. It was donned on occasions such as christenings, communions, confirmations, weddings, religious festivals and funerals, in accordance with the wearer’s status and religious beliefs.

The exhibition displays a selection of vintage headdresses, selected from the Écomusée d’Alsace’s collections, designed to show visitors the extraordinary variety of Alsatian headwear from the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century. The decorations, colours and the materials that headdresses were made with together formed a code which we will help our visitors unravel.

Semi-permanent exhibition open to the public for five years, during the museum summer season

© Collection Christian Kempf


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