Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

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Azores hood (Portuguese for "capote e capelo") - these are traditional Azorean clothes that were worn until the 1930s. The large cloak that covered the female figure allowed only a glimpse of the face, and the origin of "capote-e-capelo" is controversial. Some say that the cape came from Flanders, while others claim that it is an adaptation of the robes and hoods that were fashionable in Portugal in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the AzoresFor centuries, the "capote y capello" was typically Azorean women's clothing. It was made of a strong, heavy blue fabric that had existed for several generations and was passed down from mother to daughter.

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Varying from island to island in some details, the cape had an extravagant wedge shape fixed on the shoulders.

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

People from Flanders settled in the Azores starting in 1450. By 1490, 2,000 Flemings lived on the islands of Terceira, Pico, Faial, San Jorge and Flores, and since there was such a large Flemish settlement there, the Azores began to be called the Flemish Islands or the Islands of Flanders.

Settlement spread in the 15th and 16th centuries when the Flemish, Genovese, English and French joined the people of mainland Portugal in the Azores.

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

In Mark Twain's book "Innocents Abroad" (1869), he makes a "fashion review" of the Azores Hood:

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the AzoresVintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

Vintage photos of Portuguese women in giant hoods from the Azores

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