The Moravian folk costume (kroj) is a traditional clothing ensemble that originates from the Moravia region of the Czech Republic. This costume reflects the cultural heritage and history of the Moravian people. The Moravian folk costume typically consists of various garments and accessories that vary depending on the specific region within Moravia. However, there are common elements that can be found in most Moravian folk costumes. These elements often include a blouse or shirt, a vest, a skirt or apron for women, trousers for men, and various types of headgear such as bonnets, scarves, or hats. Colors and patterns used in Moravian folk costumes often carry symbolic meanings related to the wearer’s age, marital status, and other social factors. Embroidery and decorative elements are also important aspects of the costume, showcasing intricate designs that may have been passed down through generations. Moravian folk costumes are worn during special occasions, cultural events, and festivals. They serve as a way to honor the region’s history and traditions, as well as to express a sense of identity and belonging to the Moravian culture. Over time, these costumes have evolved while still maintaining their cultural significance and importance to the people of Moravia.
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The Unspoken Things photographic series is therefore inspired by ethnographic texts that deal with the body as a cultural phenomenon. The photographs also draw on the ritual and symbolic meanings of fertility and sexuality that were and are found in folk culture and reflected in the folk costumes.