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Project ‘New Etno’ By Makeup Artist and Stylist Beata Bojda. The Artist Used Traditional Polish Flower Crowns

Ukraine has some serious “flower crown” competition rising in Poland

Photo: Beata Bojda & Ewa Żylińska

Project ‘New Etno’ is a continuation of a art series made by makeup artist and stylist Beata Bojda and a photographer Ewa Żylińska. The artistic duo used the traditional Slavic (in this case Polish) flower crowns and all the modern accessories, jewelry, and makeup with a mission to experiment the so called ‘etno’ fashion. Beata is obviously very inspired inspired by the traditional folk paintings of the Holy Mother as she explains. The flower crowns were recreated with the help of Edyta Cieślik-Moczek, owner of the folk museum Niebowo to make it as realistic as possible.

If you are wondering, it is not easy to make such flower crowns. This technique is old over 100 years, the flowers were made by twisting the colorful crepe paper – just like Slavic girls did it in rural Poland long time ago.

In the folk culture – Polish wreath and bunches of flowers were a part of both religious and secular ceremonies such as marriage, funeral, festivals or Easter.

In late 19th and early 20th century when industry developed decorative papers and cigarette – new branch of handicraft called ‘handicraft paper’ developed. ’Handcraft paper’ has been used in the manufacture of ornaments, especially during the twentieth anniversary of interwar.

Moreover, despite of traditional head wreaths and ornaments, frames of sacred images, roadside shrines and “spiders” (which was suspended from the ceiling) were decorated with paper flowers.

Over time, handicraft techniques developed, such as cutting, twisting, rolling, or creating ‘candies’. In my project I used techniques coming from Opoczno area, although this technique it is also an integral part of Malopolska and subcarpathian tradition.

The most abundant testimony of ‘paper handicraft’ tradition be found in the Folklore Museum in Sanok and in the village of Tokarnia.