This excellent depiction of modern dancers in traditional costume is by Sheila Evans-Pritchard


This site contains information based on the following:

  • descriptions of Welsh costume written by and for tourists to Wales 1700- 1900, from manuscript and published sources. These are arranged by subject and date where possible. So far, this comprises over 70,000 words from over 300 different sources. For more on what tourists wrote about Wales and the people of Wales, see my other web site, Early Tourists in Wales
  • images of Welsh costumes in drawing volumes in the National Library of Wales; the National Museum of Wales and the Cardiff Central Library collection;
  • images and descriptions of Welsh costumes in museums, Libraries and on the internet;
  • references to Welsh costume in Welsh Newspapers on Line, using search terms in both Welsh and English
  • a study, funded by CyMAL (Museums Archives and Libraries Wales a policy division of the Welsh Government) which analised the fabrics of nearly 40 19th century dolls in Welsh costume.
  • a study of many surviving examples of Welsh costume in museums in Wales and elsewhere
  • a study of over 200 Welsh hats.

It contains links to other web sites, especially People’s Collection Wales which contain images of Welsh costume.

Ceredigion Museum’s web site has pages on Welsh costume and Welsh Hats (which I wrote).

Wikipedia has a page on Traditional Welsh costume (most of which I wrote)

The tall and glossy beaver hats, the bob-tailed gowns, the clogs and the granny cloaks are doomed, as the old English costume was in years gone by, and the day will come when the Welsh woman’s wardrobe of the past will be exhibited with other relics of a bygone age when women openly avowed their nationality by wearing the garments of which their foremothers were justly proud.
Marie Trevelyan, Glimpses of Welsh Life and Character (1893), pp. 170-171