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Art and Folklore

St. Mary with Berries - Polish Customs, Tradition and Folklore

Sophie Hodorowicz Knab's book about Polish folklore entitled Polish Customs, Tradition and Folklore should be recommended to all interested in the traditions of their Polish ancestors. It is a "must read" book for these who are want to learn about Polish culture. Reading of this book is a real pleasure since it is full of interesting stories about Polish folklore. It is also a great reference book for somebody who is looking for an inspiration how to prepare Polish Christmas, Easter or any other Polish holiday.

matka jagodnaI was pleased to learn about tradition that relates to my namesday, that means a day which is devoted to my first name, Jagoda. July 2nd according to Polish calendar is called a day of Blessed Virgin of the Berries (Matka Boska Jagodna). Jagoda - my first name means blueberry, berry in English. On that day the first fruit and wild berries would be ripened marking the end of scarcity of food so common among peasants in late spring. According to the legend in that day the heavenly mother gathers all little children who are already in heaven around her and gives them berries to eat - also their mothers, who are still on the earth are allowed to eat berries, not earlier than this day. This tradition is almost forgotten in present Poland, although the namesday Jagoda (blueberry) is still in calendar. Thanks to Sophie I learnt why my namesday is in July.

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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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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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