Quick overview of folk costumes from Poland (warning: picture-heavy)

The beauty of folk costume. Just like in other parts of the world, in the old days the folk clothing was one of the main elements of Polish rural culture inscribed into the rich patterns of festivities and rituals. These costumes were considered elegant, and were worn only for special occasions: religious celebrations, seasonal festivities, important life events like weddings. They were a cultural manifest of the origins in a small regional level. People could tell each other apart on the basis on small differences in the clothing. Clothing of some regions might be similar to an unskilled eye, but the tiny details like patterns of embroidery or colors and width of the striped fabrics were telling precisely from which town or village did the piece of clothing come. They differed in details important to the locals, and the details of patterns were often passed down from generation to generation. This way the locals in some regions were even able to tell a family from which a person wearing a costume came from.

Some of you who follow me for a long time might already know that I run a side project polishcostumes.tumblr.com. It’s an educational gallery where I collect modern photos and archival materials about traditional clothing from all regions of Poland found around the Internet. I invite you to visit the link later (it’s linked also at the bottom of this article) in case you want to browse through more images and discover more examples Polish folk clothing, or to see old photographs and drawings or details like closeups of embroidery. I prepared there also a list of regions where all the names of the places are organized in an alphabetical order. So far I gathered there photographs and drawings of over 80 regional types of Polish folk clothing.

Here in this article I want to present some of the regions as a simple list with photographs, in order to show you a great variety of the folk costumes in Poland. All the names are linked to proper tags in my gallery of Polish folk costumes where you can see more examples from the region.

Short side notes to keep in your mind: most of the types of costumes shown below have many subtypes, especially those that are defined by larger geographical regions. The pictures show only the most ‘typical’ examples. The regions have many also many types characteristic for different age groups or worn during different seasons of the year. I made myself a limit of maximum 2 pictures per type, and it’s often hard to show everything on them. The list doesn’t show also all the regions / types of the Polish costumes yet. I plan to keep updating it over time to add other regions and hopefully create a complete list of the clothing one day. I prepared the list below in an alphabetical order, the best way for me to check and update it in the future.

(picture-heavy gallery ahead!)



Augustów

town in north-eastern Poland.

Pol. stroje augustowskie:

Poland: Augustów
https://www.facebook.com/zpit.grajewianie
Poland: Augustów
http://augustow24.pl/album-47/kolejny-sukces-zespolu-tanca-ludowego-bystry-z-zss-w-augustowie.1605.html


Babiogórcy

highlanders from northern slopes of Babia Góra (Babia Mountain), southern Poland.

Pol. stroje babiogórskie:

http://muzeum.sucha-beskidzka.pl/it/strona/7/Tradycja_i_folklor.html
http://muzeum.sucha-beskidzka.pl/it/strona/7/Tradycja_i_folklor.html
Poland: Babiogórcy
http://www.bgpn.pl/region/babiogorcy/stroje


Bambrzy

minority of ‘Polonized’ Germans from the Bamberg region who centuries ago settled in the city of Poznań, west-central Poland.

Pol. stroje bamberskie, stroje Bambrów poznańskich:

Poland: Bambrzy
http://www.bambrzy.poznan.pl/node/68
Poland: Bambrzy
http://www.bambrzy.poznan.pl/node/147


Beskid Śląski (Silesian Beskids)

highlanders from Beskid Śląski (Silesian Beskids) mountain range, southern Poland.

Pol. stroje Górali z Beskidu Śląskiego, stroje istebniańskie:

https://www.facebook.com/Istebna
https://www.facebook.com/Istebna
http://fotomedaliki.pl/index.php/zdjecie-miesiaca-czerwiec-2009/
http://fotomedaliki.pl/index.php/zdjecie-miesiaca-czerwiec-2009/


Beskid Żywiecki (Żywiec Beskids)

highlanders from Beskid Żywiecki (Żywiec Beskids) mountain range, southern Poland.

Pol. stroje Górali z Beskidu Żywieckiego:

Poland: Beskid Żywiecki
https://www.facebook.com/OkiemFotoreportera
https://www.facebook.com/zpit.ziemiazywiecka
https://www.facebook.com/zpit.ziemiazywiecka


Biłgoraj

town of Biłgoraj in south-eastern Poland, with the region around it.

Pol. stroje biłgorajskie:

Poland: Biłgoraj
http://www.ckis.siedlce.pl/pl/info/galeria/foto/p-1/459/chodowiacy_sesja_w_uroczysku_zaborek.html
Poland: Biłgoraj
https://www.facebook.com/Og%C3%B3lnopolski-Festiwal-Kapel-i-%C5%9Apiewak%C3%B3w-Ludowych-382629971871279/


Biskupizna

cultural region in the administrative district of Greater Poland, west-central Poland.

Pol. stroje biskupiańskie, stroje dzierżackie:

http://www.biskupizna.pl/asp/pl_start.asp?typ=6&sub=14&menu=41&strona=1
http://www.biskupizna.pl/asp/pl_start.asp?typ=6&sub=14&menu=41&strona=1
Poland: Biskupizna
https://www.facebook.com/Zesp%C3%B3%C5%82-Folklorystyczny-Wielkopolanie-154357501297097/


Borowiacy

Bory Tucholskie forests in southern part of the Kaszuby region, northern Poland.

Pol. stroje borowiackie, stroje z Borów Tucholskich:

Poland: Borowiacy
http://www.tucholanin.pl/aktualnosci/tuchola/seniorzy-seniorom-w-muzeum-borow-tucholskich
Poland: Borowiacy
http://www.tucholanin.pl/aktualnosci/tuchola/50-lat-borowiackiego-towarzystwa-kultury

Bytom (or more precisely: Rozbark)

city and its surroundings in Upper Silesia, southern Poland.

Side note: Rozbark is a district of the city of Bytom. It used to be the city’s neigbouring village in the past. They are probably the most well-known costumes from Silesia, nowadays often known under the vague term of ‘Silesian costumes’ and are recreated in many other Silesian districts.

Pol. stroje rozbarskie, stroje bytomskie, stroje rozbarsko-bytomskie:

Poland: Bytom
http://energetyk-elektronik-bytom.net/_eeb/index.php/bytom-wczoraj-i-dzis/246-bytom-dzis/498-poswiecenie-pokarmow-w-kosciele-sw-jacka-na-rozbarku
Poland: Bytom
http://energetyk-elektronik-bytom.net/_eeb/index.php/bytom-wczoraj-i-dzis/246-bytom-dzis/498-poswiecenie-pokarmow-w-kosciele-sw-jacka-na-rozbarku


Chełm

town in eastern Poland, and the region around it.

Pol. stroje chełmskie:

Poland: Chełm
https://www.facebook.com/przemyslaw.strus
Poland: Chełm
https://www.facebook.com/ZespolBokoryna


Cieszyn

town in Upper Silesia, southern Poland, located on the border with Czechia.

Pol. stroje cieszyńskie:

Poland: Cieszyn
https://www.facebook.com/przemyslaw.strus
Poland: Cieszyn
https://www.facebook.com/ziemiacieszynska/


Częstochowa

city in southern Poland and its surroundings.

Pol. stroje częstochowskie:

Poland: Częstochowa
https://www.facebook.com/ZPiTCzestochowa
http://www.muzeumczestochowa.pl/wydawnictwa/etnografia/
http://www.muzeumczestochowa.pl/wydawnictwa/etnografia/


Dobrzyń

costumes from region of Ziemia Dobrzyńska (Dobrzyń Land) in north-central Poland.

Pol. stroje dobrzyńskie, stroje Ziemi Dobrzyńskiej:

Poland: Dobrzyń Land
https://www.facebook.com/dariusz.chrobak.5/
Poland: Dobrzyń Land
http://pozatorun.pl/


Dolny Śląsk

region of Lower Silesia, south-western Poland.

Side note: what I’m showing below is a generalized ‘Lower Silesian’ costume, however there are a few suregional types which I’m not including separately on the list due to sparsity of resources. The main types of Lower Silesian costumes documented by Polish ethnographers came from vicinity of cities and towns of: Wrocław, Kłodzko, Wałbrzych, Jelenia Góra, and another type from Karkonosze mountain range. Folk costumes in Lower Silesia started disappearing quite early in 19th century, and the type from vicitnity of Jelenia Góra survived the longest – it is now considered the best example of costume from this region.

Pol. stroje dolnośląskie:

Poland: Dolny Śląsk / Lower Silesia
https://www.facebook.com/Zespół-śpiewaczy-Malwy-415731635118675
http://strojeludowe.pl/index.php?strona=dolnoslaski-damski-1
http://strojeludowe.pl/index.php?strona=dolnoslaski-damski-1


Górale Czadeccy (Czadecki Highlanders)

Polish minority from Bucovina (Romania).

Side note: the Polish Czadecki Highlanders came originally from Żywiec and Cieszyn regions (nowadays in southern Poland, specifically south-western parts of the Upper Silesia region). In 16th century they moved to Kysuce and Pohorela regions (nowadays northern Slovakia) – their main cultural centre there was Czadec (Slovakian: Čadca) which gave this cultural group the name. In the early 19th century most of them moved to the region of Bucovina. They established dozens of settlements, most notably in the Bucovinian region of Kaczyka (Romanian: Cacica). In 1930s there were around 80.000 of Czadecki Highlanders living in Bucovina. After World War 2 they were offered to move to Poland, to the so-called Recovered Territories. Some of them are living now in the region of Lubuskie in western Poland, but a lot of them stayed in Romania where they are one of Romania’s official national minority groups. Pictures below show the Czadecki Higlanders who are living in Poland and who preserved their culture and clothes.

Pol. stroje Górali Czadeckich:

Poland: Górale Czadeccy
https://www.facebook.com/Zespół-Górali-Czadeckich-Pojana-555392041259650/
Poland: Górale Czadeccy
http://kodkrowa.org/wesele-bukowinskie/


Górale Nadpopradcy (Poprad River Gorge Highlanders)

highlanders from the Polish side of the Poprad River Gorge in southern Poland, which stretches across the Polish-Slovakian border.

Pol. stroje Górali Nadpopradzkich, stroje nadpopradzkie:

Poland: Górale Nadpopradcy
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Regionalny-Zespół-Dolina-Popradu-231663140256668/
Poland: Górale Nadpopradcy
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Regionalny-Zespół-Dolina-Popradu-231663140256668/


Grodzisk Wielkopolski

town in west-central Poland, in the administrative district of Greater Poland.

Pol. stroje grodziskie, stroje Ziemi Grodziskiej, stroje z Grodziska Wielkopolskiego:

https://www.facebook.com/Zesp%C3%B3%C5%82-Ta%C5%84ca-Ludowego-Cybinka-Grodzisk-157719060987151/
https://www.facebook.com/Zespół-Tańca-Ludowego-Cybinka-Grodzisk-157719060987151/
Poland: Grodzisk Wielkopolski
https://www.facebook.com/Zespół-Tańca-Ludowego-Cybinka-Grodzisk-157719060987151/


Hrubieszów

town in eastern Poland, located right next to the border with Belarus.

Pol. stroje hrubieszowskie:

Poland: Hrubieszów
https://www.facebook.com/Zesp%C3%B3%C5%82-Pie%C5%9Bni-i-Ta%C5%84ca-Ziemi-Hrubieszowskiej-official-619922884704223/
Poland: Hrubieszów
https://www.facebook.com/zespolmazowsze/


Jamno

town in region of Pomerania, northern Poland, located by the Baltic Sea.

Pol. stroje jamneńskie:

Poland: Jamno
https://www.facebook.com/zespoltancaludowegobaltyk/
Poland: Jamno
http://www.jamno-labusz.pl/galeria-2/doynki-parafialne-jamno-22082015r


Jurgów

village in the region of Spisz which borders Slovakia. Southern Poland.

Pol. stroje jurgowskie:

Poland: Jurgów
http://domludowy.pl/
Poland: Jurgów
http://zespol.jurgow.pl/


Kalisz

city in the region of Greater Poland, west-central Poland, and its surroundings.

Pol. stroje kaliskie:

Poland: Kalisz
http://ckis.kalisz.pl/estrada-folkloru-w-przygodzicach-fotorelacja/
Poland: Kalisz
https://www.facebook.com/Regionalny-Zespół-Folklorystyczny-Piwonice-1625365377720206


Kaszuby

region in northern Poland (also spelled Kashubia in English).

Side note: Kashubians are a minority group in Poland, and they have their own language. They speak a branch of Lechitic languages closely related to Polish Czech, Slovak and Sorbian languages (read: Kashubian language).

Pol. stroje kaszubskie:

Poland: Kaszuby
https://www.facebook.com/ZPiTNowaRuda
Poland: Kaszuby
http://fotobytow.pl/2014/09/11/kzpiti-w-macedonii-fotorelacja/


Kielce

city in south-central Poland and its surroundings.

pol. stroje kieleckie:

Poland: Kielce
https://www.facebook.com/pg/muzeumwsikieleckiej
Poland: Kielce
http://pik.kielce.pl/galeria/etno/33317-kielce-tradycyjnie.html


Kociewiacy

ethnocultural group living in eastern pats of Tuchola Forest, northern Poland.

Pol. stroje kociewskie:

Poland: Kociewiacy
http://koszulajolki.blogspot.com/2012/02/kwiaty-kociewia-no-bo-tak-bo-przeciez.html
Poland: Kociewiacy
http://www.burbas.webd.pl/galeria.html


Kołbiel

region around the town of Kołbiel in east-central Poland.

Pol. stroje kołbielskie:

Poland: Kołbiel
http://www.kolbiel.pl/
Poland: Kołbiel
http://www.dialektologia.uw.edu.pl/


Krajna

region in north-eastern Poland, forested historical region situated in the border area between the Greater Poland, Kuyavian-Pomeranian and Pomeranian administrative districts.

Pol. stroje krajeńskie, stroje Ziemi Krajeńskiej:

Poland: Krajna
http://sikora.edomena.pl/muzeumkrajny.eu/
Poland: Krajna
http://smzks.blox.pl/


Kraków

city in southern Poland and its surroundings.

Side note: the influence of the Kraków clothing reaches far beyond the villages surrounding the city, to the western and, partially, northern borders of the Lesser Poland administrative district. The clothing is well-known abroad due to Kraków’s history. In 19th century the inhabitants of Krakovian villages participated actively in fights for Poland’s independence, and therefore their clothing became an important symbol of rural patriotism. Later their costumes were chosen to represent Poland as the ‘official national clothing’ (more about it here). There are many subtypes of folk clothing of the Krakovian ethnographic group of people, with decorations characteristic for different villages around the city. The most ‘typical’ subtype is costume from the village of Bronowice (nowadays a district of the city) with rows of beaded embroidery and tassels on female bodices.

Pol. stroje Krakowskie:

Poland: Kraków
https://www.facebook.com/zespolslask/
Poland: Kraków
https://www.facebook.com/zpitaghkrakus/


Kraków-East  /  Eastern Krakovians

areas located east from Kraków.

Side note: like I mentioned above about the clothing of Kraków, there are many subtypes of the clothing all falling under the umbrella term of the ‘Kraków folk costume’ (costume of Krakovians as ethnographic group) – but with the one exception below. Villages east from the city created their own unique type of folk clothing that got classified as ‘Eastern Kraków costume’. This clothing reaches towns like Dąbrowa Tarnowska, Pińczów, Proszowice and Brzesko, and appears also in Zalipie, the well-known village where the cottages are painted in colorful flower decorations.

Pol. stroje Krakowiaków Wschodnich:

Poland: Eastern Kraków
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ZPiT-ŚWIERCZKOWIACY-138045746228947
Poland: Eastern Kraków
http://www.krakowiacy.art.pl/pl/


Krosno

town in south-eastern Poland and its surroundings.

Pol. stroje krośnieńskie:

Poland: Krosno
https://www.facebook.com/ZPiT-ŚWIERCZKOWIACY-138045746228947
Poland: Krosno
https://www.facebook.com/szpit.katowice/


Kujawy

region in north-central Poland.

Pol. stroje kujawskie:

Poland: Kujawy
https://www.facebook.com/przemyslaw.strus/
Poland: Kujawy
https://www.facebook.com/kujawy/


Kurpie Białe / White Kurpie

areas of so-called White Forest in the region of Kurpie.

Pol. stroje Kurpiów Białych, stroje kurpiowskie z Puszczy Białej:

Poland: Kurpie Białe
https://www.facebook.com/zpit.kurpiezielone
http://zspniewo.pl/Zesp%C3%B3%C5%82-Ludowy/
http://zspniewo.pl/Zesp%C3%B3%C5%82-Ludowy/


Kurpie Zielone / Green Kurpie

areas of so-called White Forest in the region of Kurpie.

Pol. stroje Kurpiów Zielonych, stroje kurpiowskie z Puszczy Zielonej:

Poland: Kurpie Zielone
https://www.facebook.com/ZespolKurpiowskiPodBorem
Poland: Kurpie Zielone
http://rozmaitosci.com/kurpiowska-muzyka-alternatywna/


Lachy Limanowskie

cultural group from region around the town of Limanowa, southern Poland.

Pol. stroje limanowskie, stroje Lachów Limanowskich:

Poland: Lachy Limanowskie
https://www.facebook.com/Zespół-Regionalny-LIMANOWIANIE-im-Ludwika-Mordarskiego-236175739791141/
Poland: Lachy Limanowskie
http://www.miasto.limanowa.pl/pl/5221/0/zespol-limanowianie-.html


Lachy Sądeckie

cultural group around village of Podegrodzie in Nowy Sącz region.

Pol. stroje Lachów Sądeckich, stroje podegrodzkie:

Poland: Lachy Sądeckie
https://www.facebook.com/zespollibrantowianie
Poland: Lachy Sądeckie
https://www.facebook.com/VideoFilmowanie


Lachy Szczyrzyckie

cultural group around village of Szczyrzyc.

Pol. stroje Lachów Szczyrzyckich, stroje szczyrzyckie:

Poland: Lachy Szczyrzyckie
https://www.facebook.com/szczyrzycanie
Poland: Lachy Szczyrzyckie
https://www.facebook.com/pg/szczyrzycanie


Lasowiacy

cultural group in south-eastern Poland, between Wisła and San rivers

Pol. stroje lasowiackie:

Poland: Lasowiacy
https://www.facebook.com/Zespół-Pieśni-i-Tańca-Lasowiacy-166649446682556/
Poland: Lasowiacy
https://www.facebook.com/Zespół-Pieśni-i-Tańca-Racławice-814427658574003


Lubaczów

region around town of Lubaczów in south-eastern Poland.

Pol. stroje lubaczowskie:

Poland: Lubaczów
https://www.facebook.com/kresy.lubaczow/
https://www.facebook.com/kresy.lubaczow/
https://www.facebook.com/kresy.lubaczow/


Lubartów

region around the town of Lubartów in eastern Poland.

Pol. stroje lubartowskie:

Poland: Lubartów
https://www.facebook.com/lza.promni/
Poland: Lubartów
http://maligorzowiacy.pl/lubartow-grupa-ii.html


Lublin

known as Lublin costumes, they originated precisely in a village of Krzczonów near the city of Lublin, eastern Poland

Pol. stroje krzczonowskie, stroje lubelskie:

Poland: Lublin
https://www.facebook.com/Dabrowiacy/
Poland: Lublin
https://www.facebook.com/folklor.konin


Lubuskie

region in western Poland. The costume originates particularly from a villages of Dąbrówka Wielkopolska, Babimost and a few others in the eastern part of the region.

Pol. stroje lubuskie, stroje międzyrzecko-bambiojskie, stroje z Dąbrówki Wielkopolskiej:

Poland: region of Lubuskie
https://www.facebook.com/region.kozla
Poland: region of Lubuskie
https://www.facebook.com/region.kozla


Łańcut

town in south-eastern Poland and its surroundings.

Pol. stroje łańcuckie:

Poland: Łańcut
http://www.euromag.ipr.pl/stroje-ludowe/
Poland: Łańcut
http://gok-czarna.pl/gok/zespol-regionalny/galeria-zdjec—wesele-krzemienickie


Łącko

highlanders living between villages of Łącko and Kamienica, southern Poland, in a region where three mountain ranges meet (Beskid Wyspowy, Beskid Sądecki and Gorce).

Pol. stroje łąckie, stroje Górali łącko-kamienickich:

Poland: Łącko
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Regionalny-Zespół-Pieśni-i-Tańca-Górale-Łąccy-680405308640081/
Poland: Łącko
http://www.potrawyregionalne.pl/314,2022,_ODCIENIE_SADECCZYZNY___.htm


Łęczyca

region around the town of Łęczyca in central Poland, located in Łódź administrative district.

Pol. strój łęczycki:

Poland: Łęczyca
http://www.leczycki.pl/
Poland: Łęczyca
http://www.fundacjaprym.pl/


Łowicz

town in central Poland and the region around it.

Pol. stroje łowickie:

Poland: Łowicz
https://www.facebook.com/pg/RZPiT-Boczki-Chełmońskie-317508734933566/
Poland: Łowicz
https://www.facebook.com/Zespół-Folklorystyczny-Wielkopolanie-154357501297097/

Opoczno

town in central Poland and its surroundings.

Pol. stroje opoczyńskie:

Poland: Opoczno
https://www.facebook.com/tramblanka/
Poland: Opoczno
https://www.facebook.com/tramblanka/


Opole

surroundings of the city of Opole located in the region of Lower Silesia, south-western Poland.

Pol. stroje opolskie:

Poland: Opole
https://www.facebook.com/zespolslask/
Poland: Opole
https://www.facebook.com/pg/szpit.katowice/


Orawa

highlanders from the region of Orawa in southern Poland.

Pol. stroje orawskie:

Poland: Orawa
https://www.facebook.com/orawiacy/
Poland: Orawa
http://www.lipnicawielka.pl/index.php/kulturalne/item/1704-bajania2015


Pałuki

cultural subregion in the region of Greater Poland, west- central Poland.

Pol. stroje pałuckie:

Poland: Pałuki
http://znin.pl/pl/contents/166
Poland: Pałuki
http://www.centrumkultury-kcynia.pl/mgok/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61&Itemid=29


Pieniny

highlanders from the region of Pieniny in southern Poland, with main cultural centre being the town of Szczawnica.

Pol. stroje szczawnickie, stroje pienińskie:

Poland: Pieniny
http://www.interklasa.pl/portal/dokumenty/r032/pliki/stroje.html
Poland: Pieniny
http://domludowy.pl/


Piotrków

cultural region in central Poland roughly between the towns of Piotrków Trybunalski and Tomaszów Mazowiecki.

Pol. stroje piotrkowskie:

Poland: Piotrków
http://skarbypilicy.home.pl/skarbypilicy/zespoly/gmina-tomaszow-maz/zpit-sami-swoi/
Poland: Piotrków
http://cieblowianie.com/


Podhale

highlanders from the region of Podhale in southern Poland, with main cultural centre being the town of Zakopane.

Pol. stroje podhalańskie, stroje zakopiańskie:

Poland: Podhale
https://www.facebook.com/Młode-Podhale-358898530827004/
Poland: Podhale
http://www.watra.pl/zakopane/wiadomosci/2010/08/09/ii-swiatowy-zjazd-gorali-podhale


Podlasie

region in eastern Poland, particularly its parts along the Bug river. The region borders Belarus.

Pol. stroje podlaskie, stroje nadbużańskie, stroje podlaskie-nadbużańskie:

Poland: Podlasie
https://www.facebook.com/zpitrudki/
Poland: Podlasie
https://www.facebook.com/VideoFilmowanie/


Pogórzanie

cultural group living in geographical region of Central Beskidian Piedmont, with main cultural centre around the town of Gorlice, southern Poland.

Pol. stroje pogórzańskie, stroje Pogórzan, stroje gorlickie:

Poland: Pogórzanie
http://www.muzeum.gorlice.pl/wydarzenia-kulturalne/art/-97
Poland: Pogórzanie
http://www.muzeum.gorlice.pl/wydarzenia-kulturalne/art/-97


Powiśle

geographical region in northern Poland, along the northern stretch of the Vistula river.

Pol. stroje powiślańskie:

Poland: Powiśle
http://www.ckj.edu.pl/kck_2008-09/pracownie/powisle.html
Poland: Powiśle
https://www.facebook.com/Powislanie/


Powiśle Lubelskie

region of Powiśle Lubelskie located along the easter bank of the central part of the Vistula River, east-central Poland.

Pol. stroje Powiśla Lubelskiego, stroje powiślańskie-lubelskie:

Poland: Powiśle Lubelskie
https://www.facebook.com/przemyslaw.strus/
Poland: Powiśle Lubelskie
https://www.facebook.com/przemyslaw.strus/


Przeworsk

region around the town of Przeworsk in south-eastern Poland.

Pol. stroje przeworskie:

Poland: Przeworsk
https://www.facebook.com/ZTLMasovia
Poland: Przeworsk
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ztlwarszawa/


Pszczyna

region around the town of Pszczyna, located in southern parto of Upper Silesia, southern Poland.

Pol. stroje pszczyńskie:

Poland: Pszczyna
https://www.facebook.com/zespolcwiklice/
Poland: Pszczyna
https://www.facebook.com/Dabrowiacy/


Pyrzyce

region around town of Pyrzyce in north-western Poland.

Pol. stroje pyrzyckie:

Poland: Pyrzyce
https://www.facebook.com/ZPiTPyrzyce/
Poland: Pyrzyce
https://www.facebook.com/Pyrzyckie-Spotkania-z-Folklorem-1395353767455020/


Racibórz

region around the town of Racibórz in Lower Silesia, south-western Poland.

Pol. stroje raciborskie:

Poland: Racibórz
http://www.jedliniok.up.wroc.pl/stroje_tance/raciborz.htm
Poland: Racibórz
https://gim3raciborz.edupage.org/text4/


Radom

region around the town of Radom, east-central Poland. It originates in village of Iłża close to Radom.

Pol. stroje radomskie, stroje mirecko-iłżeckie:

http://strojeludowe.net/#/radomskizilzy
http://strojeludowe.net/#/radomskizilzy
Poland: Radom
http://wdolinieradomki.pl/galeria_dni_kolbergowskie_2012,photo,134


Rawa Mazowiecka

region around the city of Rawa Mazowiecka in central Poland.

Pol. stroje rawskie, stroje regionu rawskiego, stroje regionu rawsko-opoczyńskiego:

Poland: Rawa Mazowiecka
https://www.facebook.com/Młodzieżowy-Zespół-Pieśni-i-Tańca-Lubochnianie-234528953238775/
Poland: Rawa Mazowiecka
http://www.gbp.lubochnia.pl/


Rzeszów

city in south-eastern Poland and the region around it.

Pol. stroje rzeszowskie:

Poland: Rzeszów
https://www.facebook.com/szczecinianie/
Poland: Rzeszów
https://www.facebook.com/pg/folklor.konin/


Sandomierz

town in south-eastern Poland and its surroundings

pol. stroje sandomierskie:

Poland: Sandomierz
http://www.zamek-sandomierz.pl/viewpage.php?page_id=16
Poland: Sandomierz
http://www.echodnia.eu/


Sanniki

town in central Poland and the region around it.

Pol. stroje sannickie:

Poland: Sanniki
https://www.facebook.com/RZPiT.Sanniki53
Poland: Sanniki
https://www.facebook.com/pg/gostynin.info/


Sieradz

town in central Poland and the region around it.

Pol. stroje sieradzkie:

Poland: Sieradz
https://www.facebook.com/pg/zpitdobron
https://www.facebook.com/zpitdobron
https://www.facebook.com/zpitdobron


Spisz

highlanders from the region of Spisz in southern Poland. The region stretches across the Polish-Slovakian border, and similar costumes are worn by Slovakian highlanders on the other side of the border.

Pol. stroje spiskie:

Poland: Spisz
https://www.facebook.com/zielonyjawor/
Poland: Spisz
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Zespół-Regionalny-Bystry-Potok-z-Kacwina-201652769890577/


Szamotuły

town of Szamotuły located in the region of Greater Poland, west-central Poland, and the areas around it.

Pol. stroje szamotulskie:

Poland: Szamotuły
https://www.facebook.com/Zesp%C3%B3%C5%82-Folklorystyczny-Szamotu%C5%82y-930224867024971/
Poland: Szamotuły
https://www.facebook.com/ZespolFolklorystycznyMaryniaWronki/


Świętokrzyskie

region of Świętokrzyskie (transl. Holy Cross), particularly the areas close to the Holy Cross Mountains, south-central Poland.

Pol. stroje świętokrzyskie:

Poland: Świętokrzyskie
http://www.radio.kielce.pl/pl/post-23886
Poland: Świętokrzyskie
http://www.morawica.pl/wolanecki.html


Warmia

region in north-central Poland.

Pol. stroje warmińskie:

Poland: Warmia
https://www.facebook.com/ZTL-Per%C5%82a-Warmii-218966031577176
Poland: Warmia
http://www.eck.elk.pl/index.php/galerie/galeria-www/category/167-warmia


Wieluń

Wieluń Land in central Poland.

Pol. stroje wieluńskie:

Poland: Wieluń
http://www.interklasa.pl/portal/dokumenty/m006/Menu/Stroje/index.html
Poland: Wieluń
http://www.naszepiosenki-marekdera.pl/folklor.html


Wilamowice

village in southern Poland, near the city of Bielsko-Biała.

Pol. stroje wilamowickie:

Poland: Wilamowice
https://www.facebook.com/ZespolRegionalnyWilamowice/
http://www.fil.wilamowice.pl/
http://www.fil.wilamowice.pl/


Wilanów

formerly a village, nowadays a district of Warsaw, Poland’s capital city, central Poland.

Pol. stroje wilanowskie:

Poland: Wilanów
http://ckwilanow.nazwa.pl/kuznia/
Poland: Wilanów
https://www.facebook.com/zespolmazowsze/


Włodawa

town in eastern Poland, located right on the Polish-Belarusian border, close to a point where the borders of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine meet together.

Pol. stroje włodawskie, stroje podlaskie-włodawskie:

Poland: Włodawa
https://www.facebook.com/lza.promni/
Poland: Włodawa
https://www.facebook.com/lza.promni/


Zagłębie Dąbrowskie (Dąbrowa Basin)

historical and cultural region in southern Poland.

Side note: The region has a few main types of clothing (one of them is a ‘Mazovian type of clothing similar to the Częstochowa costume presented around the top of this list, another is a slightly modified Silesian costume). The costume presented below is described as the most characteristic costume for the region of Dąbrowa Basin, and was reconstructed on the basis of historical materials from the towns of Siewierz and Będzin. In professional literature the costume is often called a Siewierz type of Dąbrowa Basin clothing (Pol. typ siewierski stroju zagłębiowskiego).

Pol. stroje zagłębiowskie, stroje siewierskie, stroje siewiersko-będzińskie, stroje będzińskie, typ siewierski stroju zagłębiowskiego:

Poland: Zagłębie Dąbrowskie - Siewierz
http://www.zespolslask.pl/
Poland: Zagłębie Dąbrowskie - Siewierz
http://www.zpit-zawiercie.pl/


Zagórzanie

highlanders from the region around town of Mszana Dolna, southern Poland.

Pol. stroje zagórzańskie:

Poland: Zagórzanie
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004774218981
Poland: Zagórzanie
http://www.ziemialimanowska.pl/pl/860/11283/9-12-213-r-o-godz-16–w-mbp-w-mszanie-dolnej-promocja-ksiazki-kultura-ludowa-gorali-zagorzanskich-.html


Zamość

region around the city of Zamość in south-eastern Poland.

Pol. stroje zamojskie:

Poland: Zamość
https://www.facebook.com/pg/VideoFilmowanie/
Poland: Zamość
http://zamojszczyzna.com.pl/


Zielona Góra

region around the city of Zielona Góra in western Poland. The name of the city could be translated literally as a ‘Green Mountain’. The costumes are a branch of the Lubuskie region costumes presented above.

Pol. stroje zielonogórskie, stroje lubuskie z okolic Zielonej Góry:

Poland: Zielona Góra
http://mazowsze.waw.pl/
Poland: Zielona Góra
https://www.facebook.com/zespolmazowsze/


Żywiec

town in southern Poland, located in the administrative district of Upper Silesia close to its border with district of Lesser Poland.

Pol. stroje żywieckie:

Poland: Żywiec
https://www.facebook.com/zpit.ziemiazywiecka/
Poland: Żywiec
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Zespół-Tańca-Ludowego-Harnam-111108308970257/


Hope you enjoyed the gallery and discovered something new about the Polish folk clothing! :)

More pictures to browse through: http://polishcostumes.tumblr.com and the under the list of tags: http://polishcostumes.tumblr.com/regions

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12 thoughts on “Quick overview of folk costumes from Poland (warning: picture-heavy)

  1. Could you please give me some info on costumes and customs for Poznan or Posen, and Gora Kalwaria? Thank you.

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    1. Hello! I’m extremely sorry my reply comes so late (I’ve been away for short vacations). The same question was submitted to my folk costumes gallery (I’m assuming that you’re the same person) and I just replied there with a few pictures included: link.

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  2. Na zdjeciu nr.2 z Cieszyna to nie jest stroj cieszynski, To jest kostium zespolu Mazowsze na wzor stroju cieszynskiego, nieudany zreszta.

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  3. Pictures are beautiful! I am hoping you may be able to answer my question. I’d like to start teaching my children about their heritage and sew an accurate outfit for them however my family comes from different areas. Any expertise or guidance?

    My great-grandfather thru my fathers father came from the Lubola area Anton Wierzchowski his wife Rosalie Ignolowski came from Plotzk in 1887. Her parents Andrew Ignolowski and Julia Jurkowski lived in (Ciełuchowo, Lipno, Bydgoszcz, Poland?) but listed a residence in Kikow, Posen. My search with my Father’s mother pretty much deadended with her parents names John and Mary Zubek and approximate arrival in 1914 but nothing else or even a name on a passenger manifest.

    I’m just not sure if I should look more at Bydgoszcz, Posen, Lubola or even according to name distribution today of Wierzchowski majority are in Radzyn Podlaski area which is further away from the others.

    Thanks for any suggestions!

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    1. Hello! I can naturally help you with classifying the areas you mentioned. To be honest I wouldn’t be looking at the current name distribution – it’s nothing certain and might not be connected to your ancestors’ traditions.

      Lubola is located in southern part of poddębicki district, and in these areas a version of the Sieradz costume was in use which you can see on the list above.

      Płock was a more industrialized town back then and according to historical materials it lost its costume quite early. I found only one old drawing so far, you can see it here: http://polishcostumes.tumblr.com/tagged/p%C5%82ock ,
      and need to do more research to confirm whether and in what form is it in use by foklore organizations in the region nowadays.

      Village of Ciełuchowo is located in the centre of a historical region called Dobrzyń Land that has its own well-documented costume. I just added the Dobrzyń costume to the list above so you can see it.

      Hope this helps for now!

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      1. Yes, these are all so beautiful! My last time in Poland was cut very short and was not able to see much. Hopefully next time I will. I guess I should just pick an outfit and go with whichever since they are all different. I can never figure out if I should follow my grandfathers or my grandmothers line.

        Again, great work and putting all of this together!

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      2. I think in your case you could indeed choose simply an outfit you like the most or feel with the most in the sphere of representing your roots. Another way would be to choose an outfit of an ancestor you know the most about, or who was living the closest to you time-wise.

        Nowadays when the folk clothing becomes more of a symbolic costume it would be also okay for you to prepare some other from any region of Poland (for example, just like most of the folk dance ensembles do) – of course in the educational meaning which means as long as you learn enough about a chosen region and are able to teach your children little bits about it, and as long as the costume itself is recreated properly.

        In all the cases, the Kraków costume is also open for you. A simplified costume of Kraków is a symbolic one representing the Polish nation, and historically speaking was worn by Poles from various regions during important events, particularly for state holidays. It is also customarily worn in many regions where local costumes died out long time ago and can’t be recreated due to sparsity of resources.

        Thank you for the incredibly nice comments. I hope you will be able to visit Poland again soon!

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