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Anonymous

Excellent thread. Thank you Svätoslava :)

Some examples of Polish embroidery from Kashubia.

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One of the most important attributes for Kashubian art is the embroidery. Very subtle, delicate, adapted to the size of canvas, frequently arranged in the shape of a triangle.

Originally the embroidery was used for old folk costumes, later to decorate different forms, such as table-cloths and doilies. In the eighteenth century the embroidery was used to decorate Kashubian women's caps, the so-called 'cloth of gold', since it was embroidered with gold and silver threads.

The real beauty is independent of fashion. It is the way of folk art which comes from tradition. The tradition was created by a couple of generations, from natural necessity. In many regions of Poland embroidery is the most common discipline of art. The Kashubians have their own type of it which is very individual and different from other embroideries which appear in other parts of our country. It is made by grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters and even men.

Traditional Kashubian embroidery is famous for its wide range of motives that originally appear in seven colours. Each colour has a special meaning and reflects a specific attribute of Kaszubian land:

Meaning of colours:

royal blue – beautiful Kashubian lakes
blue – Kashubian sky
navy – profound depth of the Baltic sea
yellow – fields of ripening grain or sun
green – the forests and meadows full of animals
red – the blood, that anyone Kashub willingly pours to defend his land or the love that the Kashubian people have for their homeland
black – the earth on the field waiting to be sown and Kashubian’s hard work.

Kashubian folk costume
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Elements of Kashubian embroidery
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