Girl folk dress from Schönna near Merano, South Tyrol.

Meran, South Tyrol Peasant girl dress. Traditional Austria national costume. Franz Lipperheide

Girl from Schönna near Merano, South Tyrol.

Girl folk dress from Schönna near Merano, South Tyrol 1875.

Gallery: “Sheets for costume design: historical and folk costumes. Published by Franz Lipperheide, 1876-1887.

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