Traditional Polish folk costumes vary by region but on average are vibrantly colored and decked out with embroidery. Poland’s folk costumes, at times, are still worn for special occasions, like weddings, or in the majority of rural areas of Poland by people of the elderly generations. Traditional clothing in Poland differs by area depending on the resources available there, the climate, and by other cultures that the people came in contact with. German, Czech, Russian, Lithuanian, Romanian, and Austrian are just some of the cultures that have influenced the traditional dress of each region. In each area headdresses range from hats to wreathes of flowers, fabric colors diverge significantly, and aprons, vests, and ribbons are used depending on the origin of the attire.
This girl’s folk costume includes a lace-up embroidered vest, white blouse, and full skirt.
The hat of this attire is lined with braids and decorated with embroidery like the back of the vest. The woman also wears a long traditional braid.
This man’s outfit is decorated with a variety of trims and embroidery. His long coat is paired with high leather boots and a hat topped with flowers.
The flowered skirts of these costumes are worn with vests and blouses and sashes and beaded necklaces.
This man’s jacket from the Mountain region of Poland is made from unbleached wool and has unique hand needlework. The matching trousers are also adorned with exquisite needlework and have a black stripe down each leg. The traditional shoes worn with this outfit are like moccasins, but have laces that are wrapped tightly over the bottom of the pants. The ladies’ vests are embroidered with silk and typically are embellished with sequence, tiny beads, or pearls.