Once again this is a case when my Sylvanian hobby inspired me to spend a fantastic time with my family traveling and enjoying the beauty and diversity of the world around us.
After finishing my last project – the miniature polish folk costume inspired by Łowicz culture for my little Sylvanian rabbit Freya, we could not miss an opportunity to go and see with our own eyes the living folk tradition of the region of Łowicz. The best moment to encounter this is religious ceremonies. The Corpus Christi day (Boże Ciało) is an annual bank holiday in Poland, with processions and celebrations all over te country. The Corpus Christi procession in Łowicz is unique because of the integral folk traditional elements- especially the regional costumes, the orchestra, kettledrums, folk singing, and many accompanying events.
Strój łowicki ( Łowicki outfit), the traditional colorful costume from Łowicz consists of several layers: for a woman, there is underwear, a kiecka, a colorful striped skirt called zapaska, a bielunka shirt, and an embroidered bodice. You wear it with red or amber beads, a silk headscarf and a flower wreath. Men’s outfit is orange striped trousers and waistcoats called lejbiki, and felt hats.
The procession starts after the 10.30 mass in the Cathedral. It winds up in the shape of a circle or square around four altars, wich symbolize four gospels, four elements, and four sides of the earth.
The men usually carry flags, the girls sashes, and decorated pillows, young girls sprinkle flower petals along the route.
I liked the orchestra very much.
The photo is blurry, but the priests are wearing folk embroidered stoles.
After religious celebrations, there was time for photos, visiting the folk stands on the market and the afternoon folk performances on the stage.
Even tourists can rent the łowicki outfit anytime.
Some more polish cuteness:
At the market:
There are many elements of łowicki folk art in the streets of Łowicz. The characteristic stripes, and special floral and animal cut-outs can be seen in many places.
The parking meters look like this:
The mural at the parking lot:
A quick look into the souvenir- shop.
At the market, there were stalls with regional crafts:
Thanks for looking 🙂