Thursday, March 30, 2017

Basque Variations

Even in the small area that makes up Euskal Herria (the Basque Country), only 7,234 km2 (2,793 sq mi), there are variations in how to wear your txapela (beret) per region.
In Bizkaia berets are worn straight, flat on the head. In the province of Gipuzkoa, berets are worn slightly inclined while the traditional Basque peasants tend to wear it radically inclined.
But not just the way the beret is worn, also it's plateau or flight (diameter) changes per región:
Bizkaia : 12.5 (291mm)
Gipuzkoa 12 (279mm)
Araba Álava 12 (279mm)
Navarra : 13 (302mm)
Basque : 11.5 (267mm).
That is, of course, not counting the traditional txapelduns worn in the mountains. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks!!
    I'm really fond of that kind of informations about regional lore (particularly regarding berets, ça va sans dire);

    personally I like the style of the two gentlemen in the second-to-last photo, i.e., those above your picture...
    I can dare wear larger diameters, but still not daring enough for a txapeldun :)

    Paolo from Italy