Folklore

Nowadays, in our modern society culture and entertainment are presented to us on a plate in all kinds of forms.  With an overwhelming choice of TV-channels people can choose to stay indoors if they do not want to go out.

In the days of yore the masses had no access to this kind of entertainment. After work people enjoyed themselves by making music and dance. In song, music and dance you will find customs and events of the old days entwined.  This not only gives an insight into period life but also pictures a folk dance culture showing great regional variations. With their dancing and music making the Pierewaaiers uphold these traditions, but then in a contemporary way. When in the old days some dances were performed conservatively and demurely, the Pierewaaiers on the other hand love to get our clogs way off the ground. In a humoristic way the story behind a dance is acted out in the dance itself.

Did you know…
  • Regional and very often local traditional dress was aimed at stimulating the sense of community and to distinguish themselves from other villages and regions. Children often had their own costume and you were able to recognise unmarried men and women, widows and widowers by their clothes.
  • What goes for traditional dress also goes for clogs. A clog could tell you where the person came from and also his occupation. A peat cutter in the province of Drenthe wore a very broad shaped clog to prevent him from sinking in the boggy soil. The heavy stoneworker’s clog’s top was 3 centimetres thick which made it possible to use the clog as a pivot for a crowbar so as to move heavy stones. Fishermen’s clogs can be recognised by the sharp pointed toe cap. The fishermen stuck this point through one of the meshes while mending the nets so as to be able to tighten the net.
Just as the clog and the traditional dress, regions and villages distinguish themselves by their clog dances. Most of the time they were performed demurely to prevent loosing a clog. (Source: Holland en de Hollanders by D. de Boer)