The dress of the men of Geilthal, in former times of an extremely peculiar fashion, is even at the present day unique and original.
They keep the hair cut short. The high crowned sugar-loaf hat, of a green or black color, is daily becoming more rare among them; the hat is now more commonly worn with a low crown; it is made of felt in winter, and in summer of straw. The neck is encircled with a plaited frill, sewed to the shirt. The waistcoat is red, and is fastened to the trousers by green braces; the doublet is brown; the trousers are brown or green, and reach no lower than the middle of the calf; the stockings are of white worsted; the sandals or slippers are made of bark.
It is from the Illyrian peasantry, and in particular those of the Geilthal, that the Italian theatre has borrowed the dress of some of its buffoons. That of the men, as described above, bears some resemblance to the costume of various burlesque characters in the ancient shows.
The women of the Geilthal let their hair hang in long twists, which the unmarried females intertwine with ribbons of silk or red worsted. The head-dress of the married women consists of a kind of round cap, which is sometimes fastened above with a black ribbon. They wear also a necklace of glass beads, made to imitate coral, and a broad muslin ruff or frill, with very small plaits.
Their short-sleeved jacket is usually red; the petticoat and apron blue, with borders of a strongly-contrasted color; wide ruffles hang down at the elbow; and in winter a brown cloak covers the whole. Their petticoats seldom reach much lower than the knee. This dress is extremely light, and well suited to the mode of life of these mountaineers. Their stockings are of white or colored worsted; their sandals are tied with ribbons or thongs. The waist is encircled with a girdle of black fur, adorned with small plates of copper; upon it hangs a closed knife. They seldom wear their hats, unless obliged to do so by rain or the heat of the sun; in general they carry them hanging by a ribbon to the arm.
Source: Select Historical Costumes Compiled from the Most Reliable Sources by Henry L. Hinton - 1868