The Suiti traditional attire


The Suiti people still show off their brooches passed down by their ancestors, and they are called in different names just like other garments. There are dižās saktas (great brooches): trīsrindenes, divdinrendes and vienrindenes (three-lined, two-lined and one-lined brooches respectively).
Unlike the neighbouring areas, the Suiti brooches are decorated with red eyes.

The Suiti uniqueness, while keeping the customs, is demonstrated also in making adornments. While the 19th century attires of other areas are complemented with the adornments of the particular period, the Suiti attire can be decorated with even more ancient ones.

The notes by historians and the modern reality show that the most lavish ones still are the so called dižās saktas – trīsrindenes, with three dense lines of thimble-like bubbles and red glass stones (acorns) on the surface. However, the brooch reaches its greatness, when complemented by pendants and wearing a brooch ring.
Besides trīsrindenes, also smaller brooches were used, with decorations in one or two lines, vienrindenes and divrindenes, respectively. These types of brooches were made from silver or other metal alloys. The surface was usually plated with gold or bronze.

Trīsrindenes – dižās saktas

Usually, at celebrations, the dižā sakta is put on separately or with a brooch ring. Women wear it combined with trakā drāna or melnraibā villaine (black-speckled shawl), while maidens wear it over mēlene or aizsitene (white or patterned ones).

Dižā sakta, in a whole set with the ring and pendants, is a part of the wedding dress.
Not only villaine brooches, but also shirt brooches are used. The most common ones are the acorn-type with the red stones, used both by male and female. Today, men choose to leave the shirt brooches with glass eyes for women, fastening their shirts with simple brooches, ties and cords instead.