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Polish Pottery and China from Old World Merchant

There is a growing interest in Polish pottery. The internet online stores are booming. What is it about Polish pottery which attract people from all around the world? - high quality, unique patterns, unique techniques, old tradition. Pottery from Boleslawiec does not contain lead like other famous European stoneware lines.
The oldest pieces of Boleslawiec pottery that have been found date back to the first half of the 16th century. Potters' guilts were organized as early as 1511 in the Silesian region where Boleslawiec belong to. Silesia is very rich in many mineral resources - among them clay - useful for pottery production. This clay can be found in the basin of Bobr and Kwisa rivers, near Boleslawiec.

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Polish Mountaineers: Folk Costumes

In the tourist area of Polish Mountains people wear regional costumes on a daily basis.

Podhale is probably the only region in Poland where folk costumes are used commonly. It is partly due to a rich tradition of this region, partly to attract tourists. All horse cabmen wear traditional folk costumes. Here wearing a folk costume help with the business since the business rely mainly on tourists.

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Lady of Dzialdowo Castle

Poland is a country of rich history and many castles. Over hundred castles -fortesses were built by Teutonic Knights mainly in Northeastern part of Poland (regions: Masuria and Warmia called also East and West Prussia).

Teutonic Knights were invited to Poland in 1226 by Polish prince, Konrad Mazowiecki (Conrad of Mazovia). Their initial mission was to convert pagan Baltic tribes, especially Prussian into Christianity. As the history showed, inviting Teutonic knights was not a smart decision since they not only eradicate the pagan tribes but also were invading and destroying Poland several times until their liquidation and secularization in XVI century. But Teutonic knights build also incredibly fortified and beautiful castles. Throughout 200 years of their occupation, they built over 70 castles-fortresses. The biggest and most famous is Malborg (Marienburg), the capital of Teutonic order.

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Polish Folk Costumes in Different Regions of Poland: Past and Present

Every Polish region has its own folk traditions and costumes. The most popular Polish folk costumes are from Krakow - Bronowice, people in all regions in Poland would be able to recognize it. Other popular costumes are from Lowicz near Warsaw and also from Tatry Mountain area - especially Podhale. The most popular costumes for men are these from Krakow - Bronowice and also from Podhale.

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Green Amber

In the early nineties, when I first fell madly in love with Baltic Amber -- for its beauty, folklore, history and its intrinsic ties to my ancestral homeland, I was offered a lot of beautiful mossy green amber set in handworker sterling silver. I asked the seller if it could possibly be a real colour. Absolutely, the finest and the rarest amber of all.

Eyes wide open, I opted to purchase the entire lot on the spot. A few months later, at malls and flea markets across America I began to see this same fine, 'rare' amber in ever increasing quantities and at reasonable prices. How rare was green amber, I puzzled, if suddenly it was everywhere?

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