What we wore as children.
My grand parents were the last generation of West Friesians in my family that still wore the traditional clothes of the region. There were ruffed collars and lace caps for the women and for the men the clothes were black
with a large red handkerchief tied around the neck and a caps that resembled the traditional Greek fisherman’s cap and of course above all the clogs plain finished for daily use and varnished and painted flowers [for girls] for Sunday use.
as children were a little embarrassed by the things our grandparents wore, not realising of course then that today a tourist would give an arm and a leg to get hold of an outfit like that.
My parents and my generation no longer wore the traditional
clothes but we all wore the famous Dutch clogs wherever we went.
Every house in the village had a porch at the back door specially designed to keep the clogs of family and visitors safe and dry. People wore little leather insoles with the clogs for
interior use so that one did not have to go around just in socks and schools had special racks in the corridors for clog storage. It was easy enough to wear the clogs but sometimes difficult particularly in large families to find and match up your clogs.
Clogs were great for playing football but the damage could be terrible when you kicked someone in the leg. The clogs were great to keep your feet warm in winter and I suppose they would help to keep you afloat if you fell in the water.
So why didn’t
I keep on wearing my clogs forever? Well mainly when I started going to a secondary school in the next town the other students in the class could not stop laughing when they saw the village kids come in in their clogs and with their funny West Friesian accents.
It was then that I decided if I wanted to fulfil my ambition of joining the middle classes the clogs had to go.
Gerrit June 20 2013