• Ribatejo

    Ribatejo is one of the most traditional provinces in Portugal, this province extends over Santarém’s district, Azambuja and Vila Franca de  Xira.

    As one of the most traditional provinces in Portugal, people who live in Ribatejo have traditional clothes for a lot of different situations. 

    Rural women, called “campinas”,on working days worn a suit which has petticoats with white ruffles, these are usually longer than the top skirts, which are seriguilha. On their feet they wear socks and clogs; on the head, a scarf, usually red.

    On Sundays, to attend religious mass, they wear very full and long skirts, and all of them use a black cape. On the head they use a dark scarf.



    Men wear tight pants, a white social shirt and a short jacket to show a black or red belt. On the feet they use long white socks with “shelf jump” shoes. On the head, a type of a long beret. In their hand they carry a pole with both ends plated in yellow metal.



    Nazaré is a traditional Portuguese city located in the district of Leiria. It is a fishing village that is currently dedicated to tourism, so their traditional clothing are widely publicized.


    For women, the clothing is always composed by a shirt, many colorful skirts, an apron and a kerchief, most of these made of wool or linen. When working, women use more simple and less colorful clothing. They may include a shawl and a pouch.

    In festive occasions the traditional Nazaré clothing are more colorful and attentive to detail. The shirt is a lace with different patterns, the skirts are filled with flowers, the apron is made of embroided satin. They also include a black cape, a black hat and black varnished shoes. The women also use gold earrings and necklaces, the more gold accessories the richer her family.


    Since Nazaré is a coastal city, most men where sailors or fisherman. So for men, the traditional Nazaré clothing are related to a marine setting. It is composed by plaid cashmere, pleated pants, black shoes and a wool beret



    Minho is located on the top north of Portugal and is very well know for it´s
    tradicional music and clothing.

    The tradicional clothes for women is called “Lavradeira”. It´s usually red but
    once a woman gets married she starts using blue. The full outfit consists on a
    plain white shirt with a blue stripe on the sleves with vest embellished with
    polychromatic baroque-style embroidery. The skirt is wide and adorned with the
    same embroidery as the vest. Women also wear flowery aprons that drape over
    the skirt. They also wear white socks and tradicional slippers. On their head or
    above the shoulders, they wear a red kerchief with a printed hem with floral,
    vegetable and cornucopia patterns.

    The masculine clothing is simpler. Men use a white shirt with tradicional red
    patterns, due to romantic purposes. They use black pants and a black, or
    brown, vest. They can sometimes wear a black hat.



    Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, is an archipelago composed of 4 islands situated near the northwest coast of Africa. It is thought that the traditional Madeiran costume has minhotas, Moorish, African and Flanders influences. The garment changed according to marital status. The married woman wore a black skirt and cape, with red stripes and a colorful apron. The men who lived in the Sierras wore the coat and pants of brown seriguilha and a sheep's wool cap. Both men and women wore boots, called botachas or boot-chã and were made of tanned cow skin. The top of the boot was turned out and went down to the ankle, being adorned with a red ribbon.

    Click here to watch the traditional Portuguese dance Água Leva o Regadinho