KOETANG X RIJGLIJF

This vest is called a “Koetang” ). Compared with the pre- vious Koetang (fig. 14), this specific example is heavily decorated with a blue flower print a gold embroidery. The Koetang is from Pe- dang, Sumatra. It was used before 1878 and was made from woven silk and cotton.

The Dutch garment is called a “Rijglijf”. This is a cor- set decorated with embroidery and tiny pieces of glass. The Rijglijf originated in Marken, Noord-Holland. It was used before 1917 and was made from wool and linen. The ribbon at the back was a ways white. When a girl turned six, she started wearing a rijglijf.

Both garments are the showpiece of their region. The simple and flat patterns contrast with the overwhelming decoration, which enhances each other. Both garments have the base of a corset. You can see the little holes, put there for a piece lace, on the side of the jacket from Marken. The reverse Koetang can be closed at the back with ribbons. These corsets were worn on top of the outfit, as their purpose was for other people to notice them. It passed through generations and thus was taken good care of by families.