At song and dance festivals across the country, patterned skirts twirl and nimble, slipper-clad feet soar through the air to the melody of Estonian folk songs. The colourful outfits are designs from a traditional past.
Beauty in the details
Estonia's historical national clothes resemble those of many European regions in their basic form; linen shirts, woollen skirts for women, trousers for men, knit socks, embroidered accessories and beads. The ornate national clothes were only donned on special occasions like weddings and festivals, while everyday attire was functional and unadorned, suited to agricultural life.