Kashubian kitchen set consisting of an apron and 2 gloves on quilted fabric is a combination of original embroidery, tailor's craftsmanship and practicality. The set was sewn from high quality dark grey waterproof fabric imitating linen. The fabric is characterized by very high resistance to abrasion and stretching. At the same time it is soft and pleasant to the touch. The fabric is perfectly protected with a colorless polyurethane coating on the left side and a colorless water repellent coating on the right side.
The embroidery, on the other hand, has been done on white linen. The apron is decorated with a floral pattern on the flap and on the pocket. The leading motif of the pattern is a dark blue flower. The main embroidery motif is repeated on the gloves. The length of the apron can be freely adjusted thanks to elastic buckles. The glove is lined with a thicker material inside.
Kashubian embroidery is inspired by the beauty of nature. Flower motives are the most characteristic: pansies, cornflower, blue-bells, carnations, lillies, forget-me-nots and roses. They are presented with unusual precision and attention to detail. In Kashubian embroidery every colour has its symbolic meaning. There are seven basic colours connected with the legend of the creation of Kashubia. The colours symbolize the elements of nature, that God used to make Kashubian land beautiful while creating it.
Read the legend: http://www.imichalak.pl/legendy/galeria2_a.html
There are various schools of Kashubian embroidery using different characteristic motives and colour schemes. The oldest is Zukow school of Kashubian embroidery. The name comes from the Norbertinian convent in Zukow, where the style was developed. The popular motives include tulip, clover, rosette and heart (filled with a checkered pattern); seven characteristic kashubian colours are used. The most atypical embroidery schools are Tuchola and Borowiec ones: instead of using the seven traditional colours, they use the shades of gold and amber (Tuchola) and gold and brown (Borowiec). Wejherowo embroidery may be recognized by the dominance of red and yellow and characteristic motives of dahlia, chryzanthemum, lilac leaves and cowberry.
The nuns from Zarnowiec in their school of embroidery, so called Puck school, use several shades of blue. They introduced into Kashubian embroidery styled elements of sea holly, nets and waves. Coif (headpiece) embroidery is an interesting variety, that used to be done with gold and silver threads on velvet. It decorated coifs, that is where it name comes from, but also waistcoats. Today it decorates doilies and tablecloths and it is made with white or yellow thread.
Needlework has been Mrs. Anna’s passion since her childhood. She has been gradually developing her embroidery skills under her grandmother’s eye, who was very competent in this craft. Mrs Anna was awarded a distinction for her works at the nationwide Artistic Craft Exhibition in 1986. She is a qualified economist and was working in her profession until 2003. When she retired she was able to devote herself fully to her passion. Ad she says herself ‘a say without a needle is a lost one’. Mrs Anna is a member of Folk Artist Association. She attends artistic open-air events, exhibitions, and folk fairs on a regular basis. She works with children and teenagers, as well as regional art teachers. Her works are exhibited in The Ethnographic Museum (an affiliate of The National Museum) in Gdańsk Oliwa.
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