If we had to travel back to the 19th-century, Malta and Gozo would look dramatically different. Apart from the prevalence of pristine countryside and a lesser hectic way of life, one would have immediately noticed a  pronounced distinction between the attire of the city dwellers and the peasant communities. The former followed closely budding trends on the continent, while the latter proved to be staunch traditionalists. Time practically stood still beyond the formidable fortification lines securing the densely populated cities around the Grand Harbour. The agro-economic cycle hadn’t changed for centuries and the peasants were still wearing the same type of clothing of their forefathers.