Traditional Costume

The traditional costume of Madeira is the subject of much speculation regarding its origin and evolution. It is supposed that it was affected by several domestic and foreign influences, especially Minhota, Moorish, African and Flemish. It is common to see florists and restaurant employees dressed in the traditional costume of Madeira.

The red colour is predominant in women’s clothing. In Ponta do Sol, married and unmarried women wore red cloaks, while the widows wore blue cloaks.

The type of clothing in Funchal, Machico and Santa Cruz consisted of a coloured or striped wool skirt, a red vest and bodice and a blue skullcap.

Men’s clothing has not undergone many changes. It consists of white shorts pleated at the knee and a pleated shirt that may or may not be embroidered.

The boots, called bota-chã, made of tanned cow skin, are used both for men and women. The top of the boot is turned down to the ankle and women boots are adorned with a red ribbon.

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