Traditional Costume

It is impossible to establish with precision the origin of the costume of Parre, already in use from the end of the 17ᵗʰ century. Its original devotional significance seems to be documented.

The typical costume of Parre is characterised by traditional and historical elements of the local culture. Usually, the female costume includes a long and wide skirt, often dark in colour or with floral patterns, paired with a white shirt with long sleeves and a decorated apron. Women also wear a scarf or a headscarf, usually white or embroidered.

Costumne Di Parre (3)

As for the male costume, it may include dark trousers, a white shirt, a vest and a traditional hat.

These costumes reflect the traditions and lifestyle of the local community and are often worn during celebrations of traditional festivals, such as the “Sagra degli Scarpinòcc”, to keep alive the cultural roots of the region.

Bergamasco historian Antonio Tiraboschi defined the Parrese clothing in 1864 as follows: “the clothing is made of canvas, half wool, ribbons and lace, all common things but worn by a Parrese, they have a meaning that they don’t have when worn by others.”

Today, the tradition of the costume is carried on both by the Lampiusa Folkloric Group which has presented traditional dances in Italy and abroad since 1968, as well as organising town twinnings, festivals and the traditional “Sagra deI Capù”, as well as by the cultural association called “Costöm de Par” with various initiatives.”