Up to half of last century, the inhabitants of each village had their own dresses which were used to distinguish them from inhabitants of other villages.
These dresses were not only as ìuniformsî, different for men and women, but they also reflected the social conditions of villagers and different moments of communities. Often the distinguishing mark was a small detail: a cap, a shawl or a scarf put on the head in a certain way, sometimes just the puffed shirts or some bottons.
Although today it is less common, the traditional costume can be observed in many small villages, where eldrely still wear it, considering it nothing more than their clothing. That is the differnce you can catch here in Sardinia: the real difference between authentic tradition and folklore.