Traditional dress of the Czech Republic: Legacy of the Bohemian and Moravian cultures

Let’s go today to Bohemia. Are you confused? Ok, I mean Moravia. Still, didn’t understand? Czech Silesia. Yes, now you got it. I am talking about the landlocked but beautiful country from Europe, which is known today as the Czech Republic. The territories of this country were firstly inhabited by humans in the prehistoric era. Boii people were the first known immigrants to this part of the lovely planet and then this land witnessed the arrivals of Germanic and Slavic tribes.  

Traditional dress of the Czech Republic is truly the legacy of the Bohemian and Moravian cultures. Image by donald judge

Traditional dress of the Czech Republic is truly the legacy of the Bohemian and Moravian cultures. Image by donald judge

The cultural history of the Czech Republic considerably starts from the era of Přemyslid dynasty in the 9th century. First proper crowning of the Bohemian king happened in 1085 and the era of the Bohemian kingdom started that lasted till middle ages. The 14th century is known in the Czech history as the reign of Charles IV (1342–78) which is the most significant for the cultural development of the Czech territory. It was a kingdom in the Holy Roman Empire, and the King was a Prince-Elector of the empire until its dissolution in 1806. After the fall of the Holy Roman Empire, Bohemia became part of the Austrian Empire and it will not be wrong to say that dark period in the history of the Czech Republic was started. The population of the Czech lands was declined by a third through war, disease, famine and the expulsion of Protestant Czechs.

A couple in traditional Czech costumes.

A couple in traditional Czech costumes.

With the collapse of the Austrian monarchy at the end of World War I, the independent country of Czechoslovakia was formed.  Czechoslovakia remained a parliamentary democracy till the Germanic invasion in the World War II, when it was established as a German Protectorate. The regions of Slovakia were already under the control of Germany. At the end of the World War II, Soviet troops overran all of Slovakia, Moravia, and much of Bohemia, including Prague and the Czechs and Slovaks were again reunited. For the next 41 years, Czechoslovakia was a Communist state within the Eastern Bloc. In the 1970’s the country faced the Soviet invasion that was followed by a harsh program of “Normalization“.  In November 1989, Czechoslovakia returned to a liberal democracy through the peaceful “Velvet Revolution“. And, ultimately on 1 January 1993, the country peacefully split into the independent Czech Republic and Slovakia.

A folk singer from the Czech Republic wearing traditional outfits. Image by Tom Head

A folk singer from the Czech Republic wearing traditional outfits. Image by Tom Head

Traditional dress of the Czech Republic is the legacy of the Bohemian and Moravian cultures. It also carries the influences of the Christian and Pagan traditions. Generally the traditional outfits in the country are beautifully crafted and embellished with exquisite embroidery. There are variations in the designs and patterns of the traditional dresses as the Czech Republic is divided into a number of ethnographic regions and each of them has regional costume.

Czech people wear their traditional costumes on special events and celebrations. Image: John Bryant

Czech people wear their traditional costumes on special events and celebrations. Image: John Bryant

Czech people wear their traditional costumes on special events and celebrations. The prominent of which are the annual Christmas eve, Easter festivities, Happy new year and the Feast of Three Kings. The trend of wearing folkloric dresses was developed in the 1950’s by the efforts of the Communist regime. Many events were organized on a regular pattern to evoke patriotic traditions. Folk dancing was popularized and the performers began to showcase the traditional and regional costumes of the country.

The modern youth of the Czech Republic stand far behind from the traditional dresses. Image  by bat7000

The modern youth of the Czech Republic stand far behind from the traditional dresses. Image by bat7000

The modern youth of the Czech Republic stand far behind from the traditional dresses but still some elder people have kept alive the custom of wearing the traditional outfits. In the eastern parts of the Czech Republic, the people prefer to wear the homemade and hand-stitched garbs including skirts, aprons and other outer garments. In the western parts, the traditional dress is more adorned with gorgeous headwear and other brilliant accessories. In some families, costumes are handed down from generation to generation as they wish to preserve the tradition.    

There are plenty of folklore performing groups in the Czech Republic. Image by donald judge

There are plenty of folklore performing groups in the Czech Republic. Image by donald judge

There are plenty of folklore performing groups in the Czech Republic of almost every kind. They are encouraged by the Czech government to promote the cultural heritage of the country and also to promote tourism industry. The authorities are also sensitive about the preservation of the local traditions and folklore and to pass the heritage on to the following generations.

Members of the folklore groups are enthusiasts of all ages: from little children through adolescents to adults. Photo by donald judge

Members of the folklore groups are enthusiasts of all ages: from little children through adolescents to adults. Photo by donald judge

Members of the folklore groups are enthusiasts of all ages: from little children through adolescents to adults. They all enjoy building up folklore spirit with dances, music and showing off beautiful folklore dresses, as well as performing in front of audiences at folklore festivals. Children are encouraged to participate wearing traditional outfits in folklore ensembles from a very early age.

Colors of Bohemian cuture - Czech Reoublic - Image by Donald JudgeColors of Bohemian cuture - Czech Reoublic - Image by Donald Judge

Colors of Bohemian cuture – Czech Reoublic – Image by Donald Judge

Kroje which should be pronounced as Kroye is a specialty of the Czech Republic and its colors and materials vary from region to region. It normally consists of skirt, blouse, vest, apron and hat for the women. The bonnets or caps are typically worn by the married women while the single girl keeps flowers in her hair.

Normally the Czech woman’s clothing is a white blouse with very full color. Image by TravelKS

Normally the Czech woman’s clothing is a white blouse with very full color. Image by TravelKS

Normally the Czech woman’s clothing is a white blouse with very full color. The skirt is a solid, dark color. The bodice vest will probably be black. All items are heavily embroidered with cutwork and trim. The cap has a very large bow in back.

Czech Republic harvest celebration. Image by UNDP in Europe and Central Asia

Czech Republic harvest celebration. Image by UNDP in Europe and Central Asia

The Moravian clothing for women is a white blouse with very full sleeves which may be pleated. The apron is a dark, and sometimes white, material which is heavily embroidered with colorful cutwork. Flowers are worn in the hair with very long ribbon streamers and the cap has colorful embroidery on it, with perhaps a brim.

The Czech men also wear the embroidered trousers, shirts, vests and hats in their traditional dress.

The Czech men also wear the embroidered trousers, shirts, vests and hats in their traditional dress.

On the other side long plumes of feathers in a man’s cap indicate he is single; but, if the feathers are short, then he has been ‘plucked’ and is married. The Czech men also wear the embroidered trousers, shirts, vests and hats in their traditional dress. The typical outfit for men from Hana region of the Czech Republic is having a lot of accessories and adorned with multiple elements and features.  

Modern Czech women normally wear short skirts basically finishing over mid thigh or even higher.

Modern Czech women normally wear short skirts basically finishing over mid thigh or even higher.

Modern Czech women normally wear short skirts basically finishing over mid thigh or even higher and it means that women of every age in Czech Republic dress this way. Showing the cleavage is also part of the woman’s dress code in the Czech Republic. In the cold winters, the women are seen wearing spray-on jeans tucked into knee-high boots. And the boots are normally having high and narrow heels.  

In the cold winters, the women are seen wearing spray-on jeans tucked into knee-high boots. Czech Republic

In the cold winters, the women are seen wearing spray-on jeans tucked into knee-high boots. Czech Republic

Traditional dress of the Czech Republic is truly the legacy of the Bohemian and Moravian cultures, which is nowadays a vanishing feature of the stunning folklore of the country. Young generation of this country is normally reluctant to participate in the folk customs as they deem them non-relevant or obsolete factors of their society. Economic constraint is also a key factor for the rapid elimination of such costumes as they’re very expensive to be made. The only hope for the survival is the folklore community in the country who take it as the source of their earnings. 

Girl street musicians in Prague. Image by Anguskirk

Girl street musicians in Prague. Image by Anguskirk

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Traditional dress of Greece: Colors of Greek culture

A country by taking the name of which, at once our thoughts begin to float on the ocean of culture, civilization and traditions; is known as Greece in the lovely planet. This fabulous European country is located on the southern part of Europe, which is mainly a peninsular country, possessing an archipelago of about 3,000 islands.  Most of us know that the Greek culture has been evolved over thousands of year and is adorned with the influences of the most ancient civilizations of the world.

Greek dancers in traditional costumes. Image by anoldent

Greek dancers in traditional costumes. Image by anoldent

There is enormous amount of material that can be produced on the Greek culture which has probably one of the longest histories on earth. But let us mainly focus upon the subject and i-e traditional dress of Greece which is the historic Greek garb having antiquity characteristics. The story of the traditional Greek outfits start with the homemade clothing known as chiton, peplos, himation and chlamys. These all ancient Greek clothing consisted of lengths of linen or wool fabric, which generally was rectangular. Men’s robes went down to their knees, whereas women’s went down to their ankles. Most of these garments were simply draped over the bodies.

A Greek boy dancing in traditional garb. Image by jball359

A Greek boy dancing in traditional garb. Image by jball359

During the Byzantine era, the designs of the outfits were changed and more colors and patterns were introduced in Greece. New trends for embroideries were adopted and the usage of the imported silk and other fabrics became common. Conservativeness and modesty were though the key features of these Byzantine traditional costumes. Heads were normally covered by a variety of head-cloths and veils and different types of shoes were in use as well. The Greek dancers of that time wore short sleeves or sleeveless dresses, which may or may not have a lighter sleeve from an undergarment below. They had tight wide belts, and their skirts had a flared and differently colored element.

Colors of Greek culture - Image by minolta102

Colors of Greek culture – Image by minolta102

From the mid of the 15th century, Greece was a part of the great Ottoman empire till its declaration of independence in 1821. During that era, fashion in clothing was greatly flourished and many regional costumes were developed. Due to strict legal regulations, different religious communities were bound to wear distinct types of clothes. The well to do Greeks also got inspired from the European style clothing and a fusion of east and west was developed in that era in clothing.

From Greece - Traditional outfits - Image by FOSM

From Greece – Traditional outfits – Image by FOSM

Today, if we see the traditional costume worn by Greeks in various national festivals and cultural events, that is the invention of King Otto and Queen Amalia, respectively, who arrived in Greece in the late 1830’s. These dresses became the identical emblem of the Greek people. Queen Amalia gave the design of Amalia dress as the court dress. Amalia dress was having a loose-fitting, white cotton or silk shirt, often decorated with lace at the neck and handcuffs, over which a richly embroidered jacket or vest is worn, usually of dark blue or claret velvet. Today, Amalia Costume seems to have lost much of its symbolic content.

A model portraying Greek goddess of harvest. Greek Myth - Image by Rachel Adams

A model portraying Greek goddess of harvest. Greek Myth – Image by Rachel Adams

In different parts of Greece, women wore a variety of traditional dresses but the main features are almost same. They wore a simple cotton dress as a base, with a sleeveless wool vest over it. Different types of aprons, colorful sashes and large bright colored scarves were also integral accessories for the dresses of Greek women.

Karagouna - Folk costumes of Greece - Image by Novica

Karagouna – Folk costumes of Greece – Image by Novica

Another traditional outfit that was once worn as favorite attire was the karagouna. This dress was bedecked with tremendous embroidery and colorful elements and it included many layers, starting with a black-fringed white under dress. The Greek women also used some outer garment over this dress made with embroidered wool followed by a long white sleeveless coat and then another embroidered waistcoat. This was all topped by a red apron. Other magnificent accessories were a head kerchief and chains of gold coins across their foreheads and bosoms.

Desfina costume from the Central parts of Greece. Image by Andrew Theodotou

Desfina costume from the Central parts of Greece. Image by Andrew Theodotou

In the central parts of Greece, in some villages, the women traditionally wore a simple costume which is known as Desfina. It had two chemises one on top of the other, a short sleeveless white coat kept in position with a characteristic of the region dark blue striped belt, as well as the narrow long apron with yellow or gold cord embroidery. Finally, a white butter muslin kerchief ornamented with small pompoms or ‘chenille’ fringe was also worn. The costume is finished with strands of gold coins worn across the chest and a matching set of coin earring.

Foustanella -Greek soldiers wearing military uniforms based on a traditional Greek guerrilla outfit. Image by christophwarner

Foustanella -Greek soldiers wearing military uniforms based on a traditional Greek guerrilla outfit. Image by christophwarner

Well, when it comes to Greek men, their traditional dress which is also considered as the national dress for men in Greece is Tsolias or Foustanella. This dress is specially associated with soldier’s costume and is mainly found in the mountainous areas of Greece. Foustanella skirt consists of 400 pleats symbolizing the years during which Greece was under the Ottoman rule. Foustanella is also spelled as Fustanella. Some scholars state that the fustanella was derived from a series of classical Greek garments such as the chiton (or tunic) and the chitonium (or short military tunic). Although some scholars have claimed that the fustanella was introduced into Greece by Albanians in the 15th century, archaeological evidence shows that the fustanella was already in common use in Greece as early as the 12th century, predating the arrival of Albanian-speakers on Greek lands by several centuries.

Vraka are Greek men's Baggy trousers worn with fullness between the legs. Image: Gamma Man

Vraka are Greek men’s Baggy trousers worn with fullness between the legs. Image: Gamma Man

Vraka are Greek men’s Baggy trousers worn with fullness between the legs, they were traditionally worn in Crete, Cyprus, Ionian and Aegean Islands and coastal regions of Greece. There is variation in the Vraka costume for men in different regions in Greece. It generally consists of a white undergarment, white shirt, baggy trousers, sleeveless crossed waistcoat, sash, outer jacket and tasseled cap.

A Greek belly dancer in phenomenal style. Image Frank Kovalchek

A Greek belly dancer in phenomenal style. Image Frank Kovalchek

There is a tremendous variety in the traditional dress of Greece which truly describes the colors of Greek culture. The Sarakatsani people of Greece were shepherds by occupation; they were particularly known for their lavish and heavily embroidered costumes. The women wore layered blouses and skirts. There are different regional versions of the Sarakatsan female costume. The traditional Sarakatsani settlements, dress and costumes make these people a distinct social and cultural group, as part of the collective Greek heritage.

A Greek female dancer dancing and clapping wearing traditional outfits. Image by Diablo Azul

A Greek female dancer dancing and clapping wearing traditional outfits. Image by Diablo Azul

There are also numerous different patterns available for the folk costumes in Macedonia. Every type of the traditional outfit from this part of Greece is recognized for its own distinct features, but commonly the geometric designs and presence of red, black and white colors in these Greek garbs are existed.

Two girls wearing traditional Macedonian clothes. Image by MLazarevski

Two girls wearing traditional Macedonian clothes. Image by MLazarevski

In Macedonia, the traditional costume of the Mariovo area is rated very high for its spectacular nature and stunning features. It is highly decorative and embellished costume especially abounding in metal and bead ornaments. The costume is a favorite bridal attire in Greece which generally includes golema smock, embroidered sleeves, heavily enriched borders around the skirt, horseshoes, knitted of multi-colored woolen thread and worn on the arms below the elbow cuffs, upper garment of broadcloth called “valanka”, a phenomenal apron and many other accessories that may be optionally added to the dress.

Macedonian boys - Folk costumes. Image by Novica

Macedonian boys – Folk costumes. Image by Novica

Macedonian men wear vests, white linen shirts, pants resembling English riding breeches, and a pojas (a wide cloth belt).

Traditional dress of Greece which truly represents the fantastic colors of Greek culture - Image by ccdoh1

Traditional dress of Greece which truly represents the fantastic colors of Greek culture – Image by ccdoh1

Traditional dress of Greece which truly represents the fantastic colors of Greek culture is a graceful specialty adorned with captivating decorations and beguiling jewelry. This dress preserves the traces of ancient Greek cultural influences and nowadays, it is proudly showcased by Greek people and folk performers on national occasions, holidays and marriage ceremonies.

Modern dresses - Greek women. Image by Greek@Duke

Modern dresses – Greek women. Image by Greek@Duke

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Traditional dress of the Netherlands or Holland: Bewitched with Dutch colors

They are the most secular and liberal people from Europe who strongly believe in freedom. They are inhabited in the northwestern part of European continent and possess multiple cultural influences in their society. They have uplifted the values of their low lands in such a way that they’re now standing on the optimum of their history. Comprising of twelve small provinces, we’re talking about the people of the Netherlands who are known as “Dutch” in the lovely planet.

Traditional dress of the Netherlands or Holland. Image by Denis' Life

Traditional dress of the Netherlands or Holland. Image by Denis’ Life

The most densely populated country in Europe borders on Germany to the east and Belgium to the south. They speak the standard Dutch language in every walk of life. The most beautiful aspect of the Dutch society is; apart from the cultural diversities and demographical differences, they believe in behaving like one strong nation. They give space to each other and tolerance is the twinkling feature of their overall behavior. They are known for their passion in sport and whenever their country is involved in any international competition, they adorn their places with national flags, sing national anthems and dress up in orange everywhere. Carefully stating, the traditional dress of the Netherlands doesn’t keep so deep roots as its neighboring Germany but certainly owes distinction. Like Belgium, the basic materials used traditionally in making the outfits were wool, linen and cotton. Traditional costumes for women were adorned with embroidery, floral patterns and divergent printings.

Marken clothes. Image by Helma de Jong

Marken clothes. Image by Helma de Jong

Women costumes from the Marken islands of Holland are considered the most fabulous and stunning in terms of designing and characteristics. It features a red and yellow bolero worn with red on the front and blue or burgundy on the back.  The black skirt, trimmed with orange, along with floral accents on the front and top of hat are integral parts of this dress. The size of skirt is not too big.

Traditional clothes of Holland. Image by Hobobiker

Traditional clothes of Holland. Image by Hobobiker

For men, traditional Dutch dress included blue and white or gray and white striped shirt with red patches, red button holes, and red stitching. They also wore a doubled breasted vest, normally red in color on top. On the edges of the dress, finishing was made with gold buttons along with a reddish cloth.

Volendam costumes. The Netherlands. Image by screenpunk

Volendam costumes. The Netherlands. Image by screenpunk

Volendam is deemed as the most cultured part of the Netherlands. It has a strong civilization in background. Marine influences are prominent on the clothing culture of the people of this small territory. The skirts of the women of Volendam are traditionally extending from the waistline to the ankle. Padded hip-rolls are also important credential for women’s clothing. Women wore petticoat along with the white colored sleeveless under bodices. Women also fastened around their necks decorated bibs. These were known as kroplaps that were extended to just above the bust line. Aprons bedecked with floral motifs were also used.

The unique part for the traditional men’s clothing of Volendam was wide-legged blue short trousers.

The unique part for the traditional men’s clothing of Volendam was wide-legged blue short trousers.

The unique part for the traditional men’s clothing of Volendam was wide-legged blue short trousers that were fastened with silver metal buttons in a fall-front fashion. Those were normally worn with white shirt and vest in either stripes or red. The main occupation of the men of Volendam and Marken was fishing or shipping so the baggy breeches provided right comfort during their working moves.

Traditional Dutch costumes - Staphorst - Image by Hotfield

Traditional Dutch costumes – Staphorst – Image by Hotfield

The people from Straphorst are comparatively conservative in their approaches and beliefs. Midnight blue or black trousers and a long sleeved shirt were the traditional wears of the men. There were seven rows of plain or ornamental buttons on the shirt. Most of the women believed in hand made and sewn dresses for themselves. Their dresses were embellished with floral pieces and gorgeous hand-made prints. The dark skirt and blouse was accented by a pretty red plaid scarf and a floral hat and dickey.

Zeeland - The Netherlands. Traditional dress. Image by Jackie Kever

Zeeland – The Netherlands. Traditional dress. Image by Jackie Kever

The women from Zeeland additionally wore brightly colored under bodice with a fitted low-cut jacket. Vertically striped shirts were covered with solid and dark-colored aprons.

Friesland costumes - Image by hielkes

Friesland costumes – Image by hielkes

Long overdress and starched bonnet with wings at the back made of checked fabric were the dominant factors in the traditional outfits for the Dutch women from Friesland, Holland. There were four hats worn with their costume, the top one a lovely lace hat tightly shirred in the neckline.  Beneath the lace, hat was a gold hat which originally was a thin gold metal helmet. Their dresses came in different varieties and designs. Their dresses were usually made with costly, imported and printed fabrics. Same was the case with the dresses for men of Friesland.

Dutch cap or Dutch bonnet - Image by jurvetson

Dutch cap or Dutch bonnet – Image by jurvetson

One thing which is common in all types of the traditional dresses for women in the Netherlands is a typical Dutch cap or Dutch bonnet which is usually made of white cotton or lace. This is sometimes characterized by triangular flaps or wings that turn up on either side. It can resemble some styles of nurse’s hat.

Edelkraal - Coral Necklace from the Netherlands

Edelkraal – Coral Necklace from the Netherlands

Women of Holland loved to wear an antique 19th century fashioned jewel necklace made with blood corals. These necklaces were prepared with magnificent skills and complicated art with naturally dyed coral and with a coral cabochon center surrounded by a gold center medallion clasp. The central cabachon was surrounded by around 36 tiny prongs.

Holland Cloth Shop. Image  by coconinoco

Holland Cloth Shop. Image by coconinoco

The Holland cloth is also simply known as Holland, which is actually a plain woven or dull-finish linen or a cotton cloth made more or less opaque by a glazed or unglazed finish used as furniture covering. Holland is used for window shades, insulation, labels and tags, sign cloth, etc.

The traditional Dutch clogs made with wood are iconic in the culture of the Netherlands. Image by janeannv

The traditional Dutch clogs made with wood are iconic in the culture of the Netherlands. Image by janeannv

The traditional Dutch clogs made with wood are iconic in the culture of the Netherlands. Once worn by the majority were popular for their qualities to keep the feet dry, safe and comfortable. These wooden clogs were usually worn with thick and heavy stockings. These splendid wooden shoes here have been crafted by artisans who have learnt this art from their forefathers.

Along with glorious paints, the shoes are also usually adorned with contemporary native prints of Holland. Image by arendje2008

Along with glorious paints, the shoes are also usually adorned with contemporary native prints of Holland. Image by arendje2008

Today, many factories are involved in the preparation of the typical Dutch clogs in striking colors and brilliant designs. Along with glorious paints, the shoes are also usually adorned with contemporary native prints of Holland. These clogs are specially associated with the Dutch farmers as it is most suited to them while working in the swampy lands of Holland.

Dutch girls - Folk costumes, the Netherlands. Image by Denis' Life

Dutch girls – Folk costumes, the Netherlands. Image by Denis’ Life

Traditional dress of the Netherlands or Holland is bewitched with Dutch colors and is showcased today in the dance festivals held not only in the country but also on international level. The dancers represent their respective territory or province through their regional costumes.

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Traditional dress of Poland: Truly symbolic in the Polish culture

Poland, which is one of the most populous countries in Europe, is today known in the lovely planet as the Republic of Poland. This country has multiple geographic diversities and is recognized as the country having one of the largest water bodies in the Eastern Europe. Poland is an ancient country; however it is believed that this region was properly inhabited by the Slavic people during the 5th century AD. The Piast dynasty formed Poland into an apt dominion around the middle of the 10th century.

Lubelski - Dancers in traditional costumes from Poland. Gorgeous photo by poloniawindsor.ca

Lubelski – Dancers in traditional costumes from Poland. Gorgeous photo by poloniawindsor.ca

Polish society flourished with its distinctions during the rule of the Jagiellon dynasty in the late middle ages. The journey continued and during renaissance, Polish people emerged as an idiosyncratic cultural nation having its own features embellished with the GermanicLatinate and Byzantine influences. True cultural advancement took place in Poland during the 19th and 20th century. And today, this highly developed European country is adorned with its cultural and traditional values with full grace.

Palm Sunday, village of Łyse. Kurpie region, Poland. Image by PolandMFA

Palm Sunday, village of Łyse. Kurpie region, Poland. Image by PolandMFA

Repercussions of typical peasant culture are the distinguished characteristics of the traditional dress of Poland. It is fabulously enriched with magnificent craftsmanship, phenomenal design, appropriate coloring and symbolic aesthetics. Modern Polish people stand far from their traditional costume in today’s usual life but they have also marvelously preserved their clothing heritage which they often showcase in the cultural events and traditional festivals. There is an enormous range in the traditional and folk costumes of Poland that vary from region to region.

Male folk dancers in traditional Polish outfits. Image by Javier Kohen

Male folk dancers in traditional Polish outfits. Image by Javier Kohen

We’ll try in this article to bring before you the colors of the traditional dress of Poland pertaining to the significant regions of the country. Krakow is the genuine cultural hub of Poland and its culture genuinely dates back to 900 B.C. Polish men from Krakow region traditionally wear blue waistcoat with stunning embroidery and tassels. They wear striped trousers and a krakuska cap which is ornamented with ribbons and peacock feathers and metal rings attached to the belt is their identical emblem.

Polish traditional outfit from Krakow, Poland. Image by M.Ewert

Polish traditional outfit from Krakow, Poland. Image by M.Ewert

The woman’s costume from Krakow, Poland includes a white blouse, a vest that is embroidered and beaded on front and back, a floral full skirt, an apron, a red coral bead necklace, and lace-up boots. Unmarried women and girls may wear a flower wreath with ribbons while married women wear a white kerchief on their head. The garment and embellishment of the head of the women is also dependent upon the season and marital status.

See also - Krakow : The pearl of Poland

Lachy Sadeckie folk costume - Poland

Lachy Sadeckie folk costume – Poland

The ethnic Polish community of the southern Lesser region is known as Lachy Sądeckie and they also have slight variation in their folk dresses. The dresses for women are decorated with superb floral patterns and beads work with typical Lachy Sądeckie motifs. They also wear embroidered aprons and handkerchiefs. Men’s folk costume has ciosek under the collar and beautiful embroidery on the shirt and vest. They also sometimes wear Kaftan shaped coats that are beautified with metal buttons, silk tassels, red wool appliqué and embroidery. 

Polish regional folk costumes - Podhale region

Polish regional folk costumes – Podhale region

Gorals or Gorales live in southern Poland along the Carpathian Mountains, in Podhale of the Tatra Mountains and parts of the Beskids. The people of the Polish highlands are well-known for their unique folklore and dazzling customs. The folk dresses of these areas are also symbolic in the Polish traditional culture.

Polish dancers wearing Zywiec regional in traditional outfits.

Polish dancers wearing Zywiec regional in traditional outfits.

Żywiec region of Poland was first mentioned in a written document in 1308 as a seat of a Catholic parish. The dress of the natives carries the inspirations from hundreds of years old evolutions.

The dresses from Cieszyn Silesia region of Poland are also amazingly elegant .

The dresses from Cieszyn Silesia region of Poland are also amazingly elegant .

The dresses from Cieszyn Silesia region of Poland are also amazingly elegant and feature descent appearance, bewitching patterns and sophisticated coloring. The region was inhabited by several ethnic groups. Traditionally the female folk costume featured the lush and elegance, due to its essential element, silver jewellery. Skirts were sewn with 6-8 meters of fabric panels and were 5-6 m wide. Due to its richness and elegance the costume quickly became a target of artists and specialists in folk culture.

Couple in traditional outfit from Lublin

Couple in traditional outfit from Lublin

The Krzczonów folk costume of Poland is the best known traditional dress from the Lublin Province. In the women’s dress, the chemise is embroidered on the cuffs, collar, shoulder pieces, and sometimes around the front opening with particular Kzczonow embroidery, later replaced by cross stitch. The apron is unique, in that it is basically a short version of the skirt, gathered into a waistband and wrapping completely around the body. The bodice is the typical Polish lace up type, known as a gorsetka. The Men’s costume is based on a shirt which has a cut identical to the women’s, except the collar is smaller, and the shirt itself is shorter. It is worn outside the pants. It has embroidery like the women’s, but with no or less extensive embroidery on the shoulder.

Polish folk dance performed by a couple wearing Bilgoraj. Image ilvic

Polish folk dance performed by a couple wearing Bilgoraj. Image ilvic

Biłgoraj is an important center of local folklore, with highly developed folk art, regional clothes and customs. Biłgoraj outfit is one of the archaic types. All parts are made of linen. The original hats of the women are called chamełka of rańtuchem, found in a wider range in the south-east of the Polish territory. There are archaic embroidery motifs decorating the dress’s curve and ogee.

Opoczno folk costumes from Poland

Opoczno folk costumes from Poland

Opoczno lies on the Wąglanka river, in northwestern corner of historic Lesser Poland. Opoczno costumes are characterized by their thick, woven, striped material used for the dresses, capes and aprons. The material was traditionally colored using natural dyes and hand-woven on wooden looms. The fabric is tightly gathered at the top so that the cape displays nicely over the shoulders. Capes were worn during the colder months instead of coats in many regions of Poland.

Lemko - Poland - Traditional outfit for woman.

Lemko – Poland – Traditional outfit for woman.

The basic garment for the Lemko women in Poland is the chemise, sometimes separated into two garments, the shirt and the underskirt. Traditionally, the dress was adorned with minimal embroidery or hemstitching on the collar and cuffs as well. The skirt was originally made of linen, from flax for dress and hemp for everyday.  The aprons were often carrying ribbons sewn on, and often a panel of contrasting material.  The vest was called the Leibek and it was usually made of wool. The most delicate part is a broad collar-shaped necklace strung of seed-beads.

Children from Poland performing in Dożynki festival wearing traditional outfits. Image by magro_kr

Children from Poland performing in Dożynki festival wearing traditional outfits. Image by magro_kr

Harvest Festival in Poland has been celebrated after the harvest since the time of the feudal systems. It is known as Dozhinki and the Polish people celebrate this with their traditional enthusiast and patriotic passions. They participate in different festivities wearing the traditional dress of Poland. 

A Polish couole - Wedding attires - Image by edinburghsteve

A Polish couole – Wedding attires – Image by edinburghsteve

The Polish people are proud of their traditional dress which is a truly symbolic in the Polish culture. They still wear their folk costumes and even in some regions on daily basis to represent their colorful heritage and to attract the tourists.  For a culture-lover, Poland is an ideal country where the people have wide range of folk traditions and costumes.

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Bolero: A fantastic folklore dance from Spain and Cuba

Bolero is a fantastic folklore dance with traditional music from Spain and Cuba. Bolero is performed in Spanish and Cuban versions. It was originated in Spain in the late eighteenth century by combining the contradanza and the sevillana styles. At that time, Bolero was called with different names like ‘Escuela Bolera’, ‘Baile de Palillos’ and ‘Goyescas’. It was later transformed into many variations and became the most popular Spanish dance. The entertainers and dancers started to perform in the favorite theaters of all big cities of Spain.

Bolero is a fantastic folklore dance with traditional music from Spain and Cuba. Image by catface3

Bolero is a fantastic folklore dance with traditional music from Spain and Cuba. Image by catface3

In the beginning, Bolero was mainly associated with a couple but when it was accepted as a public enthusiast, it was performed by number of dancers with the induction of more choreographic steps and dancing moves. In the nineteenth century, Bolero also gained popularity in Europe as well.

A couple performing Bolero. Image by gwilmore

A couple performing Bolero. Image by gwilmore

The bolero is a 3/4 dance. It is danced by either a soloist or a couple. It is in a moderately slow tempo and is performed to music which is sung and accompanied by castanets and guitars with lyrics of five to seven syllables in each of four lines per verse.

Bolero - Cuba - Image by Teatros del Canal

Bolero – Cuba – Image by Teatros del Canal

The Cuban bolero tradition originated in Santiago de Cuba in the last quarter of the 19th century. It is entirely different from the Spanish Bolero.  In the 19th century there grew up in Santiago de Cuba a group of itinerant musicians who moved around earning their living by singing and playing the guitar. In Cuba, the bolero is usually written in 2/4 time, elsewhere often 4/4. The tempo for dance is about 120 beats per minute. The Cuban bolero has traveled to Mexico and the rest of Latin America after its conception, where it became part of their repertoires.