A Żywiec costume is an example of a bourgeois fashion, with over 200 years of tradition. Its characteristic feature is the "złotogłowie" (gold-embroidered) bonnet and tulle elements; a ruff, a shawl called łoktusza and an apron, all embroidered with floral motifs. Similarly, a Cieszyn costume was worn not only by the local bourgeois, but also by rich peasants from the surrounding villages. Quite extraordinarily, women used to wear silver, gilded, filigree jewellery.


  • Title: Women’s traditional folk costume, Żywiec area
  • Date Created: 1880/1940
  • Location Created: Żywiec area, South Poland
  • Type: folk costume
  • Photographer: Łukasz Zandecki
  • Medium: Cloth of gold, damask, tulle; handmade embroidery

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