The bredzon is the traditional male attire. The armaillis (cattle farmers) wear a Sunday bredzon, a capet (small hat), an attractive loyi (a leather bag carried slung over the shoulder containing salt for the cows) and they carry a walking stick.
If today the cream spoon is often used only for decorative purposes, that's its practical aspect that used to prevail. Indeed, its very form is the result of the use to which it was put: a flat handle so that you could hold it firmly, especially for the heavy double cream.
In olden days, the women's apparel was worn for work in the fields. Nowadays it is seen only at religious and family festivities.
Lace made its appearance in Gruyère just a century ago. This activity, promoted by shopkeepers and the local middle classes, was created to replace straw plaiting. A hundred years later, the tradition is still being maintained in the area.
In spring, it's time for the ascent to the mountain pastures with the herds. From 1800 onwards, quite simple paintings have depicted this seasonal migration. The pictures painted by the "armaillis" are called "poya".
These are small flat pieces of wood in the shape of tiles, that cover the roofs of some of the mountain chalets. People reckon it takes between 200 and 250 "tavillons" to cover a square metre. The life span of a "tavillons" roof is put at 50-70 years.
My skin is brown, like the earth, and black like coal. Neither heat nor rain can penetrate. The armaillis love me, particularly in winter. I'm...the La Roche cardigan or waistcoat, if you like. A garment that's part of the life of the former Gruyerian seigneury.