Estonica has an excellent article describing the history of Estonia's national dress and the subtle differences between regions.
Further information can be found here.
- festive clothes which were worn only on festive occasions and were handed down from generation to generation;
- visiting clothes for errands, business and visits of less festive nature;
- working clothes which were worn every day and which were made of poorer material and without decorations; sometimes old visiting clothes were used.
The jewellery of Setu women is especially fancy and meaningful. A Setu bride had to have at least two kilos of silver around her neck at her wedding and if she did not possess that much silver, it had to be borrowed. Amongst items of clothing, belts and mittens were believed to have the most protective powers. Mittens were supposed to protect the wearer from hostile people or forces. While dealing with important matters, woollen mittens were worn also in summer or tucked in your belt.