Costumes

Swięto Niepodległości w Muzeum Narodowym we Wrocławiu 2013

The National Museum – Independence Day Concert (2013)

 

 

      We perform in two types of remarkable costumes. Both of them are very colourful so they easily attract attention and look very impressive on stage.

      Noble Lady’s dress consists of a chemise, skirt, kontush, calpac and shoes.

Skirt – wide, creased, three quarter length, made of fabric embroidered with gold or silver thread with a fur trim at its bottom.

Chemise – made of the same fabric as the skirt. Its long sleeves and neckline are trimmed with lace.

Kontush (kontusz) – a type of outer garment with long and loose sleeves. It is close-fitted down to the waist and loose at the bottom, trimmed with fur.

Calpac (kołpaczek) – a type of a cap with  fur around its brim. It is often decorated with a beautiful broach or feather.

Boots – black, knee- length, lace up, leather boots

      Nobleman clothes consists of: zhupan, kontush, sash, trousers and boots.

Zhupan (żupan) – a long roble made of a very expensive fabric with long narrow sleeves and sporting buttons.

Kontush (kontusz) – ceremonial dress worn as an over-garment with long slit sleeves and ornamental bosses.

Sash (pas kontuszowy) – the most striking ornament of the costume made of silk, often of cloth of gold or silver. Decorated with a fringe.

Trousers – baggy, tied up at the waist with string. The trousers are almost invisible, hidden under the zhupan.

Chapka (czapka) – a cap with a fur rim adorned with feathers.

Boots – similar to those worn nowadays made of black leather.

     We also perform in folk costumes. The girls wear beautiful corsets embroidered by a very talented Polish embroiderer, Maria Czepiel, of Krościenko. The embroidery is done with the utmost attention to detail while the colours of the floss used create an amazing, difficult to describe impression.