The Slovene national costume has quite an impressive history and underwent considerable changes with the rapid developments in the 19th century.
Its elaborateness was also highly dependent on its maker and the financial abilities of its buyers. Naturally, the richer classes were able to afford more luxurious costumes. Women from more wealthy farming families and towns wore a gold-plated "sklepanec" (metal belt), while others wore brass belts onto which they fastened the front door keys when they left their homes.
The women hung the keys over the right hip, so that they could easily unlock the door with their right hand.
Married women usually wore a richly embroidered head-dress known as the "avba", while young girls wore the "zavijačka", a white, triangular scarf onto which an embroidered band was sewn. At the back of the avba is a large ribbon whose ends fall freely down the woman's back.
The full, gathered skirt and bodice is made of colorful patterned material and extends to the ankles. Worn over it is a black apron with black lace trimming. Under the bodice and skirt is a white blouse, an underskirt, knee-length bloomers and white stockings (knitted in the pattern of "small knots") extending up to or over the knees. Black laced shoes rise above the ankles, while the low shoes are fastened with a strap or a buckle. Wrapped around the shoulders is a silk fringed scarf fastened in the front with a pin. The women carry a wicker basket bearing the inscription "IHS" in white, blue and red, and a white handkerchief tucked behind the belt.
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mauarg (1758) 2010-10-14 12:54
Very nice composition of the lady and also showing the beaultiful window... It seems that she liked to be photographed !
edge (7407) 2010-10-14 19:22
Hello Vojko, Very colorful dress with interesting stockings as well. I like the headgear this lady is wearing. Very impressive. Beautiful red shawl or shoulder piece. She has a smile on her face, so I imagine she is aware of your takinging her photo. I like these cultural shots of people in their native dress. Great job. Regards, Roger
raszid62 (18515) 2010-10-15 0:22
Lepe slovensko narodno no¹o za staro gospo. Te kostume imajo svoje èare. Odlièna sestava in kakovost slike.
Silvio1953 (146529) 2010-10-15 3:33
Ciao Vojko, beautiful portari of lovely woman with wonderful dress, great expression, splendid clarity and fantastic colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Cricri (121189) 2010-10-15 4:08
Une note intéressante sur ce costume national, j'aime le sourire de la dame qui je pense sait que vous la prenez en photo, fier et la joie aussi de porter ce costume colorées et plein de détails, belle lumière et cadrage de la façade
danos (99734) 2010-10-16 0:28
Good morning Vojko,
very nice the cute old lady as wearing her traditional clothes and walking in the streets of her home town.I like her rich costume and i wonder if she wears it all the day long.
Have a wonderful weekend,Danos
shevchenko (20548) 2010-10-17 20:59
The women is well-dressed from her hair to feet, nice traditional costume, she is pretty in a smiling face, nice old wall and old window too, good vertical format to frame it, thanks for sharing a cheerful shot.
Selmik (3625) 2010-10-21 20:21
Dober dan Vojko,
beautiful livable composition, vivid colours and superb costume. Looks to me that this Lady is very happy that You photographed her. Is is a day-to-day clothing or it is a dress for special occasion (birthday, holiday or church visit dress?)
Have a great day,
Tukan-T5 (4317) 2010-10-29 22:57
is an interesting picture showing Slovene national dress.
Have a great weekend Tomek
iainsp (2630) 2010-10-31 11:01
A beautiful composition - with the woman int he foreground and the fabulous window in the background. She has rather a lovely expression on her face. Many thanks and reagards, Iain
s_lush (16368) 2010-11-15 22:55
Your photo and comprehensive note make a very good presentational and historical description of the Slovenian national costume. It is very well elaborated aesthetically and looks great. Perfectly captured against the excellent background!