The years 2021 and 2022 were years of the Olympic Games. At both, the summer event in Tokyo and the winter in Beijing, the Slovak team represented the country not only in sports but also on a catwalk, so to speak. The Slovak Olympic team’s kit featured an element of an embroidery pattern taken from folk costumes in the southern western village of Cataj. The tulip ornament might have been spotted on the kit of the Olympic champion, skier Petra Vlhova, too. It is a routine that Slovakia is represented abroad by ornaments taken from folk costumes despite the fact that village women were once mainly inspired by the patterns embroidered on the back of the robes worn by the priests in churches. Although their quality of the stitching craft improved over the years, it rarely measured up to the skills of professionals working in earlier centuries. Ethnology expert and historian Zora Mintalová Zubercová presents a very brief history of the craft of embroidering in our territory.
Brief history of embroidery in Slovakia
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