The Traditional Costume Trail is a varied bike route where you cycle through a real Dutch landscape of birds and bees and magnificent panoramas. You will come across a couple of very old Dutch dress styles. On the Marken peninsula for example, one of the few places in the Netherlands where, only on special occasions, traditional costumes are still worn. Because this former island was separated from the mainland for a long time, new styles did not catch on here. That only began to change after 1957 when the dyke connecting the island to Monnickendam was built. Only then did tradition step aside for fashion and comfort. Nowadays, only a few older inhabitants of Marken still proudly wear their traditional costume every day, though guides regularly brighten up the streets with their traditional costumes as they give their tours. Thankfully so, because the Marker traditional costume is beautiful. It is multi-colored and richly decorated with handmade embroidery and still based on sixteenth century fashion.
Another place where traditional clothing sometimes still graces the street scene, is Volendam. With its white lace caps (hul) and red coral necklaces the local Volendammer costume is the most famous Dutch traditional costume. A direct consequence of the artist’s colony that descended here around 1900. Painters loved the local characters with their colorful clothing and repeatedly immortalized them on canvas. At Art Hotel Spaander, you can discover all manner of things about that past. Would you like to be immortalized in this folklore? Then visit one of the many souvenir and photo shops and have your portrait taken, completely in style.