Polish Folk Costume series: Kaszubian costume
This is the second in my series, based on the book by Elzbieta Piskorz- Branekova Folk Costumes.
The region we are talking about is here - circled in hot pink.
According to an article on Wikipedia, there are a total of about 200,000-500,000 "Kashubs" living in Poland nowadays. The difference in numbers seems to depend on how the question is asked.
Even now you can go to this area of Poland and they have a different dialect. I am told it is whole different language and is taught in the schools. The language is heavily influenced by both German and Polish. We've traveled around a bit in this area, and we noticed some language differences on signs. We were on our way to the Baltic Sea, however, and didn't have time to get out and wander around the area.
Obviously people nowadays don't really wear this type of clothing - except for special holidays and festivals. But this is what their costumes looked like.
They haven't been commonly worn since the first half of the 19th century - (so they quit being worn before the Civil War in the US)
Here's an excerpt taken from the book:
Another excerpt about the women's outfit.
This particular costume had less written about it than most others. And this is definitely referring to an old Kaszubian costume - not a modernized version of it. I found several articles that seem to show a completely different outfit.
But like so many things are in the past, maybe we will never really know. The article mentioned that most of the information was gleaned through very old drawings and writings.
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