Cottbus is located in the German state of Brandenburg and the area called Lower Lausitz. In a few rural districts there are local signs written in two languages, because the nation of Sorbs (also known as Wends) have lived there for centuries. To be exactly, there are not only Sorbs living in Brandenburg, also in some places in the Free State of Saxony. Only a minority of the Sorbs living in this area are able to speak the Sorbian language. Some older people still wear traditional costumes or the young generation to preserve old customs. Traditional costumes are decorated with flat stitch embroidery, which is to be found primarily on skirt ribbons, aprons, neck scarves and parts of the large head scarves.