Saturday, 24 December 2016

Stroj Szlachecki - Kontusz damski

The Polish Nobility - Women's dress

This Lady doll in Nobility costume, 16th century
Szlachta (Nobility) was a higher social class, derived from the state of knight in feudal society.  Aristocracy had a team of social benefits, the most basic was the privilege of owning land. Belonging to the nobility it was combined with the obligation of military service.

Side view, note the long sleeves draped back. This doll about 14 inches.


Nobility as a social stratum existed in monarchies and republics of Europe and some non-European countries, the early twentieth century. Today nobility as a social group with specific, legally recognized privileges exist in countries with a monarchical system, although the significance of these privileges is normally limited to the use titles and honorary perform functions, and economic importance of the nobility is not as much as before.


16th Century dress of Polish Nobility, various classes and status.


Today these costumes are reconstructed and recreated mainly for film or Polish folk groups performing dances such as Polonaise and Mazurkas. Reminders of our beautiful heritage past.









Saturday, 20 August 2016

Sandomierski costume part 2

Costume from Sandomierz
Married woman's costume on left, maiden on right.
This costume is a lesser known one, mainly because they stopped wearing them in the mid 19th century. However a few articles of women's clothes have survived, today this costume is a reconstruction based on old notes and drawings. The peasants lived in villages near the city of Sandomierz in South-east central Poland, hence the name of this costume from said region.

The doll on the left is my newest acquire. The one on right I had for 30 years. These dolls made in the 1970's.
Back of doll, detail of her matrimonial hat.
Women's clothes were linen shirts with a ruff at the neck, aprons, scarves headband, large white linen shawls, the so-called alleged. kap, which is a high standing trapezoidal headdress of married women, single girls were bare headed. Wealthier women wore laced-up front smooth vests in green and jackets with sleeves lined of lamb. Newer clothes were solid coloured skirts, with trimmed bottom in black velvet. White or black shirts with embroidered collars and cuffs. Laced shoes and corals beads finished off the costume.

Men's costume consisted of a shirt-type poncho, called the vest. They wore linen type pants. A brown Sukma - (great coat) - with stand-up collar, belted woven belt, boots and high four cornered hat with dark blue or black cloth, edged with a black lamb. They later wore long white overcoats with turndown collar, with folds at the back. On their heads they wore caps, or navy blue round cloth caps.


Some examples of the folk attire from a local museum, and a drawing from the Atlas of Polish Folk Costumes.


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Happy Easter 2016!

Wesołych Świąt Wielkanocnych!


I haven't found or received any old or new dolls for a while, so I am putting up an old postcard with Lowicz dolls for the upcoming Easter Holiday celebration.


Friday, 3 April 2015

Happy Easter 2015

Happy Easter 2015 Wesołych Świąt Wielkanocnych

Happy Easter to all my blog readers. These are some of my pisanki - painted easter eggs. Except the large one, which is a ostrich egg done in Lowicz cut-out style (Wyczynanki). Easter palms in decorated dried flowers and weeds, also pussy willows.

Z okazji nadchodzących Świąt Wielkanocnych wszystkiego najlepszego, zdrowia i radości na co dzień, smacznego wielkanocnego jajka i mokrego Śmigusa-Dyngusa życzy Polish Folk Dolls (blog).

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Pinterest and other sites

Today I found ALL my Polish dolls pinned onto someone's Pinterest board - without any credit or reference to my blog site! 

Really people - I've spent over two years doing this blog with taking good pictures and a lot of research. My collection alone took me 30 years to acquire. Then someone steals those images with no acknowledge from where they took it.

There is one person in particular out there - I left comments on her Pinterest board under several of MY doll pictures (she took all my dolls) - only so others know where these pictures came from. If you are going to use my images - GIVE CREDIT!
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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year!

   While I have been busy with a new job and some personal commitments, my doll blog has been neglected so to speak. I have not posted more dolls, no new ones were found. So little time to hunt for them. I think my collection is 'full' and also I have no room for more. I have almost 200 Polish folk and historical dolls, which are quite a lot. They are all on this blog, with a few broken ones not shown (need to be fixed, mended or thrown away).
"Gorale" - Mountaineers from the Tatry mountain area, band and singer.
Picture from "Świtat Lalek" Exhibition in Poland.
    I may still post some information on a particular region from time to time, so I will not completely disappear yet. Sorry to be tardy with this, I just have less time then I would like now days.
   To my fellow doll collectors, I wish you all the best in the New Year, and may you find many new dolls in the coming year!
Postcard from Poland with a few small size regional dolls.


Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Easter 2014

Wesołych Świąt Wielkanocnych


Happy Easter to all. Old postcard from the 1970"s. 
These are dolls made by the Kaliszewski family of Warsaw, Poland.
Costume: Kurpie Zielone (Green Kurpie) from Mazowsze region.