black garments

16-IX-2010 09:49

Still worn as a sign of mourning, specially by older women. Depending on the closeness of the relationship with the deceased, it may be worn anywhere between 40 days and five years. On males, it may be a black shirt, or a black band, just something like 3x8 cm, sewn or pinned to the lapel or jacket sleeve. Funeral shops also sell buttons covered with black silk, which can be attached instead. So if you talk to someone wearing one of those, don't be surprised if they appear restrained or withdrawn.

OTOH, black is often a fashion statement; lady in black is not uncommon.