The clothes worn by wealthy Italian women looked like peasant garb, but they used richer fabrics like silk and velvet. The rich also had access to colorful dyes, so the color palette varied more widely. Their style eventually evolved into hats with artificial flowers or fruits worn by upper-class women, mimicking a clown carrying a basket on her head.
For the special festivals even clown women had beautiful dresses and bodices. The dresses were passed from mother to daughters for generations. The Catholics Church co-opted these celebrations and turned them into saints’ days, so Christian themes appear often as well.