Monday, February 1, 2016

A Wedding in Arles

During my trip to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the South of France
I spent a day in the beautiful and historic town of Arles
where I came across the tradition and history of l'Arlesienne.
I brought back the beautiful watercolour of a traditionally dressed
Arles lady.
During the procession of St Sarah la Kali in Saintes-maries-de-la-Mer
a large group of women dressed in this beautiful traditional clothing
including the traditional hairstyle.

Great was my joy when I found an old miniature
Arles doll in a wedding dress.

Here she is trying on her wedding dress,
a piece of cloth still in the sewing machine,
surrounded by the many cups of tea
which nurtured and sustained her through this
huge undertaking!!