I'm loving this topic. Thank you all for the lovely contributions.
I'm absolutely in love with the Dutch culture and wish I could wear these clothes.
(the little gold square is indeed curious, I was intrigued)
Just wondering what you like about the Dutch culture
In general most of these costumes are nowadays only worn by the folk groups (sing, dance, clothing) and / or on special events. In some places it is mainly aimed at tourists. In a few places there are still some, predominantly women, who wear the local folk costume (almost) daily. For example in the town of Staphorst.
In my birthplace, where I also spend my childhood, there was a fish salesman from Spakenburg (coming over once or twice a week with a fish sell truck). One of the salespersons, an older lady, would often wear the folk costume of Spakenburg. I have found it very impressive.
Spakenburg is a former fishing village. The village is located north of Amersfoort on the Eemmeer. Before the construction of the Afsluitdijk, the village lay on the Zuiderzee.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spakenburg
The traditional costume of Spakenburg is a traditional costume that is worn in Spakenburg and Bunschoten. In 2015 there were approximately 200 women who wear this costume, in 2005 there were 600. Most of the women who wear traditional costumes are older than 65 years. Putting on the clothes is very laborious
Hereby a link to a Dutch language Wikipedia about the Spakenburg folk costume: https://nl.wikipedia.org/...ederdracht_van_Spakenburg
I really meant it, I'm in love with Holland and every time my family and I go to the Netherlands we like it more.
Starts from Dutch painters, and I don't mean only Van Gogh (who I like, but is a unanimity !
) , but the Dutch Golden Age painters and Renaissance Dutch painters with Bosch being one of my favourites.
In alternative music (which my husband and I are into) our favourite band comes from Holland.
I've visited a great deal of cities in the world, and hands down Amsterdam is my favourite place in the world
I know it's a bit of a taboo topic here in the board, but my favourite tattoo artists are Dutch and yes, I like (good!) tattoos.
Last but not least we love dutch bakery food (I'm a pastry chef) and we make it in our special occasions (poffertjes being very loved here at home
, Stroopwafel being one of my favourite sins.....)
And yes, I admit it, we have all the souvenir stuff from Kanal houses, tulips and little couples salt and pepper dressed as "dutch" - just to remind us always to go back.