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The historical costumes worn by the "Gesellschaft zu Fraumünster" go back to the golden age of the Fraumünster Abbey. They were designed by the Schweizerische Frauenfachschule (Women’s Technical College of Switzerland), on the basis of mediaeval documents.
Above the “roc” (uniform cut, choice of four basic colours), the Fraumünster ladies wear a “surkot”, a kind of sleeveless dress richly decorated with embroidered gold or brocade ribbon (four different models and colours), and over this a wide cape-like coat. There is a choice of three different headdresses.
This range of combinations allows Fraumünster ladies a certain amount of individual choice without affecting the harmony of the overall impression.
Bally has designed a special shoe to go with the robes. It is based on a mediaeval abbess’s shoe held by the Swiss National Museum.
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English H. Baumer