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The Slovene national costume has quite an impressive history and underwent considerable changes with the rapid developments in the 19th century.
Its elaborateness was also highly dependent on its maker and the financial abilities of its buyers. Naturally, the richer classes were able to afford more luxurious costumes. Women from more wealthy farming families and towns wore a gold-plated "sklepanec" (metal belt), while others wore brass belts onto which they fastened the front door keys when they left their homes.
The women hung the keys over the right hip, so that they could easily unlock the door with their right hand.
Married women usually wore a richly embroidered head-dress known as the "avba", while young girls wore the "zavijačka", a white, triangular scarf onto which an embroidered band was sewn. At the back of the avba is a large ribbon whose ends fall freely down the woman's back.
The full, gathered skirt and bodice is made of colorful patterned material and extends to the ankles. Worn over it is a black apron with black lace trimming. Under the bodice and skirt is a white blouse, an underskirt, knee-length bloomers and white stockings (knitted in the pattern of "small knots") extending up to or over the knees. Black laced shoes rise above the ankles, while the low shoes are fastened with a strap or a buckle. Wrapped around the shoulders is a silk fringed scarf fastened in the front with a pin. The women carry a wicker basket bearing the inscription "IHS" in white, blue and red, and a white handkerchief tucked behind the belt.

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