maanantai 14. marraskuuta 2016

Keeping tradition alive

Kyjov folk costume, Czech Republic
Young woman in a richly decorated ceremonial folk costume.

From Johanna in  Zlin, Czech Republic.
Distance: 1,519 km
Travel time: 6 days


Mother and child , Czech Republic

From Ondra in Klatovy, Czech Republic
Distance: 1,569 km
Travel time: 6 days

Kroje are folk costumes worn by Czechs and Slovaks. Gothicinfluence is seen in tying shawls and kerchiefs on the head. Fine pleats and gathered lace collars typify the Renaissance era. From Baroque bell-shaped skirts to delicate Slavic patterns.

Every village or area had its own "Kroj" ("Kroje" is plural), which we would call a folk costume or dress. It played a very important role: it showed which village or area you were from, if you were single or married. In general, if a woman was wearing some sort of headpiece (cap or scarf), most likely she was married; unmarried girls wore nothing or flowers in their hair.

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