The Tibet is a type of double-sided twill fabric popular at the turn of the 20th century, originally made from worsted wool from sheep or Asian goats. This type of fabric was commonly used in a number of ethnographic areas of Poland, especially where clothes were made from bought materials. It was imported to Poland from Bohemia (later Czechoslovakia) and Austria. In the early 20th century it was produced for example in Łódź and Andrychów. Tibet fabrics are recognizable for their printed pattern of rhythmically repeated floral motifs, usually with a dominant rose or small flowers pattern. The same type of fabric, but with different configuration of ornaments, was used to produce various headscarves and handkerchiefs. In time the patterns were transported onto fabrics made from other types of wool. However, they were still commonly known as tybety, tybetki, which was used for fabrics and scarves featuring the characteristic pattern.


  • Title: A corset from the Podhale region
  • Date Created: 1850
  • Location Created: Nowy Targ, Podhale region
  • Type: folk costume
  • Photographer: Photo by: Edward Koprowski, Edit: Marzena Borman / SEM in Warsaw
  • Medium: wełna tybet, nici bawełniane, guziki z masy plastycznej, podszewka - płótno lniane; szycie ręczne

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