Last week you let us know how much you enjoyed the Slovak Highlanders Traditional Folk Attire post so today we’ve decided to bring an encore and share one more happy couple wearing Slovak traditional dress (kroj). Such traditional clothes are an expression of Slovak people’s history. Within their embroidery and materials are the stories of their land, ancient times relative to their culture and their ancestors customs.
Folk culture plays an important role in the history of each country. The traditional clothing worn by a people who worked the land and were close to nature is intriguing to amateur observers, to artists, and to ethnographers alike, largely because of its wide variety of forms, colors, and decorations. It is important to note that all forms of traditional dress (kroj) are a result of centuries of development.
Meet Janka and Dušan.
Their photographer shares that they had only one day before the wedding when they decided they had to have some traditional photographs taken.
They’re photographed at the Museum of Liptov Village in Pribylina. It’s a wonderful place, an open air museum of folk architecture and construction from the Middle Ages from the Liptov Region, a historical and geographical region in northern Slovakia. The museum is a must visit place if you are in the area.
Slovak Traditional Dress (Kroj)
The origin and development of Slovak traditional dress (kroj) was affected mainly by whatever they had on hand a the time. They used a variety of domestic raw materials including flax, hemp, sheep’s wool, and skin and furs. It was simple – the materials they used for the manufacture of their folk clothing was determined by their surroundings, natural conditions and needs.
The various decorative embroidery would tell a story of the type of work they had, their social class and what region they were from. Oftentimes, it also shared their religion and beliefs or superstitions. You could also tell their gender (child, youth, maiden, adult) and social class within the family (single, married, widowed).
Janka and Dušan are beautiful examples of a young Slovak couple very much in love, the day before they are to be married.
Congratulations to the Happy Couple!
*Once again we are grateful to Peter Golej, for his beautiful photographs.