The Lielvārde Belt

One of the Latvian folk costume elements that brings with it an air of mystery and mysticism is the Lielvārde belt. An important part of the Lielvārde folk costume, it has legendary status because of the symbolism woven into it – reputedly the origin of the universe and human DNA is encoded in its red and white patterns and geometric ornaments, also providing the wearer with protective powers from evil.