Young girl's bolero or vest in black velvet. Made by Spoldzielnia Pracy Rekodziela Artystycnego, circa 1988-1989.

Part of a Polish regional costume forwarded to Mrs Grohs in Melbourne by her late mother, brother and sister from Poland. Mrs Grohs had requested a traditional girl's costume in anticipation of the birth of her grandchild. However, a grandson was born, so the costume was never worn. She had intended her grand-daughter would learn about her Polish heritage. Costumes of this type are made in Government run and funded folk art or 'culture workshops' in Poland. This particular example is representative of the Krakow region in Poland.

Physical Description

Young girl's sleeveless and collarless bolero of black velvet, densely decorated with sequins and beads, in colours of gold, green, red, silver orange, crimson, blue, and white. Decoration on back panel consists of a large butterfly completed in beads and sequins. Scalloped hem with centre front opening secured with red ribbon laced through metal and crocheted eyelets. Five silk ribbons attached to left shoulder, ribbons coloured green, pink, yellow, white and red, hand painted floral motifs along full length of each. Salmon pink bow tacked above ribbon decorations. Bolero fully lined with black fabric. All seams machine stitched. All decorations applied by hand.

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