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Bridal Bodice from Marken, The Netherlands,

Bridal bodice ('bruidsrijglijf') from the island of Marken, the Netherlands, late 18th century. Bridal bodice ('bruidsrijglijf') from the island of Marken, the Netherlands, late 18th century. Copyright Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem, acc. no. K.244-43.

The Nederlands Openluchtmuseum in Arnhem, houses an embroidered bodice from the island of Marken, in the former Zuiderzee, now the IJsselmeer. Locally it is called a bruidsrijglijf. It is made of silk and embroidered with silk. The red band along the bottom is made of wool. Small bustle-style cushions were suspended from this band to broaden the apperance of the hips.

A woman on the island would wear the bruidsrijglijf with the seven embroidered roses only once in her life, and in particular she would wear it on the Sunday between reading the bans and the actual wedding.

Nederlands Openluchtmuseum online catalogue (retrieved 12 November 2016).

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