Our Slavic Fellow Citizens - 1910

Slovak Emigration
Chapter VI

Women's Dress

Girls and married women are generally distinguished. the former as a rule by their long braids, the latter by their caps, which are usually hidden, however, under the universal kerchief. Otherwise the dress is the same from childhood to old age; if tbe skirts of the district are full and short, they are short for the grandmother, and if long, they are long even for the toddler of three or four.

In many places the women wear very short skirts and leather boots to the knee, like a man's. At first these boots strike a stranger as clumsy and unfeminine, but an experience of what mud can be here soon converts one to their good sense, and as to grace they give a new impression when one has an opportunity to see the quick, graceful dancing of the girls, the high heels of tbeir trim-ankled boots clicking the measure. In Transylvania one sees these tall boots made of soft scarlet morocco leather with patterns in gilt nail-heads on the heels. Sometimes, instead of boots, low moccasin-like shoes called Krpce are worn, bound with leather thongs about tbe ankle. These, too, are worn by either sex.

One of the prettiest forms of dress is a low square-cut bodice, over a chemise of white linen with full short sleeves, with a wide ruffle above tbe elbow and a broad band of embroidery -- perhaps in orange and canary -- yellow silks -- across the sleeve just below the shoulder.

Embroidery in this style is pictured in color in Seton-Watson opposite page 368


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