Woman from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France

French woman folk dress from Les Sables-d'Olonne in traditional folk dress.

Woman from Les Sables-d’Olonne

Woman folk dress from Les Sables-d’Olonne in traditional folk dress.

Costumes Nationaux by Lepage Medvey, Editions Hyperion, 1939.

Gallery: Traditional French national costumes
Note:  Bagnères-de-Luchon. Costumes Pyrenees.
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