The farmers’ apron in its typical blue colour belongs to Caldaro and Termeno like the Mendola mountain, the lake and the wine.
More than any other garment in South Tyrol, the blue apron, called “Fürtig” or “Firtig” in dialect which means overall, defines the working clothes on the farms, in the fields and in the vineyards. For the weekends the traditional work clothing - that’s to say the trousers, the usually chequered cotton shirt and the blue apron with bib - is replaced by a more festive clothing for the church, or by the beautiful traditional costume called “Tracht” for special occasions.
These aprons have been widespread in the Alpine region since the Middle Ages: back then it wasn’t normal to have different robes, so the apron had to protect the clothing from dirt. Furthermore it showed the affiliation to a certain social group or profession.
Up to the 19th century, the apron was white and traditionally made of linen, then cotton - in its original blue colour - prevailed as material: the blue apron became the symbol of the peasantry. Today these blue aprons are also popular souvenirs from South Tyrol, which can be bought with different sayings, even for children.