The Province of Flevoland

Flevoland is the newest province of the Netherlands, being declared the twelfth province in 1986. The land that makes up this province is land that was reclaimed from the sea, with land still being recovered to this day. The costumes from this province come from villages on islands, the most common being the costumes from the centuries-old villages of Urk. These costumes remained largely unchanged by the shifting fashion of day because of the area's isolation. The costumes were influenced by the strong fishing tradition of the village.


The traditional dress of women in Urk followed the normal pattern of the high- waisted bodice and long skirt, but there were differences. They wore a fitted kraplap, or a silky brocade vest, over the black bodice, and the kraplap was often colorful and decorated with a harje, or an embroided design over their heart.


To shape the kraplap women would wear a corset-like undergarment that was made with whale bones. The women's skirts were shorter than most of the skirts from the other provinces. The aprons worn in Urk depended on the day: weekdays women work red-striped aprons, but on Sunday a black apron was worn. The hats worn were in the Hul style, a simple bonnet-like fashion.

The men also had departures from the usual fashion of the time. Most men discarded the jackets during the week days, instead wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and loose-fitting black trousers, more suited to the hard occupation of a fisherman. Men wore karpoets, or black, cylindrical, woolen hats. Boys would usually set these hats a bit off center to make their own fashion statement.