Polish Folk Costumes Where the history combines with mystic solemnities there appear beings which exist between walking and sleeping. You do not know exactly what is real. Whether the person you see in the pictures is real or not, whether the costumes are real or not and if you close and then open your eyes again, you do not know whether the figures in the pictures are still there. The pictures present original Polish folk costumes from different regions of Poland. The costumes were treated as formal clothes and were not worn every day. Polish folklore has been an inspiration for many authors, but at the same time many people claim that one should not handle with it and name folklore trumpery or kitsch.
“Monidło is a type of a realistic painting based on the photograph of the bridegroom. The pictures usually featured a black and white photograph, with the lips painted red, eyes painted blue and other spots retouched. At times an expensive-looking attire was also added to the picture. First appearing in 19th century Poland, it was a cheaper alternative to traditional portraits popular among the higher strata of the society. Because of its relatively moderate price, the monidło style paintings became very popular among common people, notably the peasants. The period following the World War II saw a decline in this form of art and to some the term monidło is synonymous to kitsch. ” - www.wikipedia.org