Latvians, Livs

The Livs are a Finno-Ugric people, once residing around the coast of the eastern Baltic, now virtually disappeared from the ethnographic and linguistic maps. In the areas of Kolka and Dundaga, Latvia, there still live people who call themselves descendants of the Livs, though they do not remember their language and wear traditional costumes only for the national holiday on August 6 in the village of Mazirbe. The headdress of the Liv girls, is a long dark blue scarf, covering the entire head and tied at the back. Married women wear cepure, richly decorated on the back with silk flowers, gold brocade fabric and embroidery. This specimen pertains to the district of Dundaga.