Several years ago I have made two dioramas of village scenes. These display depict traditions and customs in the Krakow area before and during the turn of the century. In this diorama is a wedding celebration after the church ceremony. People married during summer or early fall to take advantage of good weather and the availability of fresh produce. Some were held outside if the cottage was not big enough for large crowds or even held in local taverns. Sometimes the whole village took part.
These ones represent the Krakowski-Bronowice area. Most of the dolls I collected first and had to make some of the married women costumes as I couldn't find enough of those. Krakow guy dolls are also hard to come by. I made the cottage out of paper mache as well as the windows, doors, table with food, etc.
|The wedding feast: Polish ham and sausages, bigos, pierogi, pickles in jar, breads,|
cheese, apple strudel and bottles of vodka. I hand made all the food and plates. The jar and
bottles found from miniature doll house accessories.
|Detail of dolls by window with curtain.|
|Bride, groom and her parents on left.|
|Two mothers gossiping, young maiden with grandmother on right eating.|
Kerchief tying ceremony
This was called "Oczepiny" in Polish. A few women (usually mothers and aunties) took the bride aside, removed her wedding hat and "capped" her. She now joined the ranks of married women. Long ago they used to cut off the long braids, as this represented maidenhood.
|Interior of painted cottage called Zalipie (a village east of Krakow) I built and hand painted this.|
|Detail of tying ceremony. Can you see her crying?|
|Detail of painted cabinet and dishes. The butter churner was brought in Poland.|
The cabinet, little cheese board, spoons and fork is all balsa wood unfinished or painted.
|The clay stove, painted with folk motives. They liked to paint|
the inside and outside of cottages in aquamarine blue.