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Two American Women Photograph Sorbian Women in Traditional Costumes (1927)
While many German cities became hubs of modernity in the 1920s, most rural areas remained deeply rooted in their old customs and traditions. This photograph taken on Berlin’s Unter den Linden shows two women wearing so-called Spreewaldtracht, the traditional costume of the Sorbs in the Lausitz region. The sight of these two women in traditional dress caught the attention of two American tourists in modern dress.