March 11, 2017

2086, 2979 POLAND (Łódź) - Children from Łowicz in traditional dress

2086 Children from Łowicz in traditional dress (1)

Posted on 30.11.2015, 11.03.2017
The Łowicz region corresponds with the area of the former Łowicz Duchy, which nowadays covers the best part of Łowicz District. People from this region began to wear the charcteristic striped fabric in the 20's and 30's of the 19th century. A crimson background covered with verical sets of stripes dominated till the end of that century, then an orange background appears and the stripes are varied. In the inter-war period clothes are mainly navy blue and green.

2979 Children from Łowicz in traditional dress (2)

In the 19th century women from Łowicz region wore creased skirts made of striped woollen cloth, pleated aprons, bodices and jackets. In the 20th century bodices were more and more often made from black velvet and sewn together with the skirts, embroidered with threads and beads giving a splendid display of roses surrounded by other smaller flowers and leaves. The sleeves with embroidered cuffs were extremely baggy.

Women wore shawls on their heads and shoulders. Those were usually large made of wool with so called Turkish patterns and later damask or cotton with rich embroideries. The women's costumes were complemented with strings of natural or artificial coral or amber beads. On average days clogs were put on but on special occasions women wore black laced boots.

In the 19th century men wore woollen trousers in which crimson was a dominating colour, then orange became fashionable. The shirts resembled those wore by women but young men would put on embroidered ties. Another element of men's clothing was a tigh-long sleeveless jacket called lejbik. In the 20th century men began wearing long belted coats, hats decorated with embroidered velvet robbons, and black knee-long boots.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2086
The first stamp is part of a series of two, about which I wrote here.

The last two stamps are part of the series Yuoth Literature, issued on June 1, 2005:
Hour of the Crimson Rose, by Maria Kruger (1.30 zł)
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2.00 zł) - It's on the postcard 2086
20000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne (2.20 zł)
In Desert and Wilderness, by Henryk Sienkiewicz (2.80 zł) - It's on the postcard 2086

On the postcard 2979

The first stamp, designed by Marzanna Dąbrowska, was issued on June 5, 2016 to celebrate the Canonization of Father Stanislaus Papczyński, 1631-1701. Stanislaus Papczyński, born Jan Papczyński, was a Polish Roman Catholic priest who once served as a member of the Piarist Order. He went on to found the Marian Fathers, the first Polish religious order for men, that was also known as the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. He was beatified on 16 September 2007 in Poland by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on the behalf of Pope Benedict XVI.

The second stamp is one of the two of the series Poland - Winner of the EHF European Men's Handball Championship, issued on January 15, 2016.

Łowicz folk costume - Town Office in Łowicz official website

Sender 2086: Krystyna Betiuk (direct swap)
Sent from Słupsk (Pomerania / Poland), on 14.11.2015 
Sender 2979: Olga Gadomska (direct swap)
Sent from Bełchatów (Łódź / Poland), on 03.03.2017

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