The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw collection of folk fashion in photo studios and in the field
The impulse for that discovery were two photographs taken by Migacz, sent by his distant relative for the contest "Family rites in folk culture: love and marriage", organized by the Museum. Those photographs turned out to be extremely documents of culture of Lachy Sądeckie Group as well as the testimony of work and life of their author.
A collection of Mieczysław Cholewa’s negatives from the 1920s-1930s, including 615 glass negatives and 31 celluloids. The negatives (and costumes, also a part of the collection) form a comprehensive whole and present the life of Polish Highlanders and Lachy Sądeckie people. Moreover, the collection’s creator was also the author of the photos.
Mieczysław Cholewa (1913- 1978) was a photographer and amateur ethnographer, as well activist and populariser of the Sądecczyzna region. In the interwar period studied regional qualities of the Polish areas of the Carpathians, making photographic documentations and collecting traditional folk costumes. A lot of his photos were used in ethnographic studies of folk culture, for example by such eminent ethnographers as Tadeusz Seweryn or Roman Reinfuss. He is also the author of a highly regarded monograph on traditional folk costumes titled “Stroje Ludowe Ziemi Sądeckiej,” published in Lublin in 1946. In the 1940s published a few dozen of his photos as postcards.
The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw/ Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne w Warszawie
Curators/Kuratorzy: Patryk Pawlaczyk, Klara Sielicka-Baryłka from Polish & European Folklore Department
Coordination/Koordynacja projektu: Klara Sielicka-Baryłka
Support team: Elżbieta Czyżewska, Anastazja Stelmach, Przemysław Walczak, Anahita Rezaei
Special thanks to: Jadwiga Koszutska; Łukasz Zandecki; Marzena Borman; Joanna Bartuszek & Barbara Kowalczyk; Edward Koprowski; Mariusz Raniszewski; Agnieszka Grabowska; Aleksander Robotycki
Translation: Jan Sielicki & The SEM`s documentation