Fonden Gamle Sønderho



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Festivity dresses

The women’s festivity dresses are often made of silk or wool. The top (“nattrøje”) has silver buttons and fine embroidered flower ribbons at front and sleeves. Sometimes the top is made of velour and has nice amber buttons. The belt could be made of velour with a filigree or art nouveau silver buckle. At special occasions the belt could be replaced by a velvet ribbon with silver tips (“tipper”) as known from the bride dress. A silk scarf is tied at the neck. Another silk scarf with the same or different colours is bound at the head.


The fine fabrics, scarfs and silver buttons came all the way from the Far East brought home by Fanø seamen. The Fanø scarfs are diverse because they come from different part of the world. The original scarfs are today too brittle to be used but thanks to Jørgen Engel a series of new silk scarfs have been produced as copies of the old ones. The new scarfs are for sale at the museum shop Lorenzen in Sønderho.


The men put on their best clothes. Captains and ship owners may put on their skipper dress made by tailors in Hamburg or Honkong. The man at the photo wears brown velvet trousers, white wool hoses with tassels and shoes with silver buckles. He wears a yellow silk waistcoat, a long wool jacket with silver bottoms and a high hat.

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Fonden Gamle Sønderho, Landevejen 98, Sønderho 
DK 6720 Fanø, Denmark info@fondengamlesonderho.dk
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