If there is a costume that symbolizes a region of France, it is well and truly the Alsatian costume.
However, this refers mainly to the traditional costumes of the Alsatian women, particularly their imposing headdresses, the distinctive “coiffes” = caps adorned with large bows. The “coiffes” are very decorative and most likely this was the reason that several German porcelain manufacturers created half dolls representing Alsatian women in their traditional costumes.
- No. 1 is by A.W. Fr. Kister, 6.5 cm (2.5") tall
- No. 2 is by Galluba & Hofman, 12.3 cm (approx. 5") tall. She wears a fringed scarf with fine painted pink roses and green leaves which creates the appearance of embroidery.
- No. 3 is by Wm. Goebel of Oeslau/Bavaria, 11.5 cm (4.5") tall. Painting is done in blue delft style.
- No. 4 is by Wm. Goebel. She measures an impressive height of 16 cm (6.3"). The bracelet and necklace is not original to the doll.
- No. 5 is by Fasold & Stauch, 11.2 cm (4.4") in height. The lady is holding a wine glass
The corselet which is laced in front is part of the traditional costume and to find on all of the dolls. All of the dolls (except of no. 5) are holding a pink or red rose.
As per statement of various webpages on Alsatian traditional costumes:
The bow cap was always black for the Protestants; the headdresses of Catholics were often colorful and decorated with patterns. Also, the color of the bow cap reflected the state of its wearer (girl or woman, unmarried, married or widowed).
The Alsatian region is well known for its tasty local cuisine and its locally grown wines.