National Geographic : 1923 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE IN THE GALA COSTUME OF OSILO (SEE ALSO C A fine white veil is always worn under this eml the place. In such places a stranger is sometimes overcharged, though of course only from a Sardinian point of view. Perhaps they charge too much for the food they furnish; but one must consider that guests are so rare and expenses so heavy that the business is not a profitable one. If tourists and merchants would visit these places more frequently, inns and hotels would provide more of the comforts of modern life. But on this subject prospective visitors must not be deceived. Accommodations in Sardinian inns are not good, and in the whole island there are but few hotels. Unless one is willing to sit at a low table in a room full of smoke, eat roast pig and rough bread and cheese from the family store, and drink strong wine which makes tears come to his eyes, he cannot possibly know Bar bagia. And until the trav eler rides on one of those ponies that with steady step climb the mountain slopes along winding paths, seated astride a quaint Sar dinian saddle with a saddlebag full to the brim of all the provis ions for a long jour ney, and stops in the heart of a forest to see a kid roasted according to the Sardinian fash ion, he cannot know those wild landscapes which to know is to love. WHERE TO FIND TIE RICHEST COSTUMES An accurate descrip tion of the different articles which consti tute a Sardinian woman's costume would take pages. The most artistic are to be found in the northern COLOR PLATE XIV) districts. The women broidered headpiece. of Osilo wear the rich est dresses in all the island. In Nuoro the women and girls retain the old fashions unaltered. At Oliena, Fonni, Desulo, and Aritzo the costumes vary greatly both in colors and pattern; but, sad to say, Sardinian cos tumes are rapidly disappearing. Every body is anxious to dress in modern style. Young peasants have already put aside the male attire of former days and only the old villagers have any attachment for the costumes of their forefathers. The costume of the women of Quarto Sant' Elena is described in every guide book, but in vain would a visitor go to that large village in search of one. Only five or six specimens now exist and they are jealously kept in the bottoms of fam ily chests, as souvenirs of a colorful past.