Traditional Dress

Apparel and fashion in Poland has been influenced by the resources available, climate, and also by the other cultures that the people came in contact with. German, Czech, Russian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Austrian and other influences can be seen in the traditional dress of each region. Because of these diverse influences, each region of Poland has its own local traditional dress. There are roughly 60 unique costumes attributed to the different areas in Poland, these are just a few.

Mountain Region

Traditional Costumes are still sometimes worn for Weddings and other important family and social events. The man's Gorale jacket from the Mountain region of Poland is made from the finest unbleached wool with distinctive hand needlework. The matching trousers are also decorated with exquisite needlework and feature a black stripe down each leg. Note the black felt hats with tiny conch shell bands. The traditional shoes worn with this outfit are moccasinlike with long laces that are wound tight over the trouser bottom. These beautiful jackets, and the ladies vests are often passed down through generations.

The ladies vest is embroidered with dyed silk and sometimes sequens, tiny beads, or pearls. The strings of red beads that are so common to ladies outfits were traditionally coral.