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Subject: Re: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Sudeten tracht
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 16:35:48 EDT


There were several versions of Tracht from Austrian Silesia depending on the

The influences were from Franken Germans and the native Tracht worn by
the people who lived in that area before the German's arrived. Czechs in
the area tended to wear more elaborately decorated Tracht.

The CGSI library in St. Paul and the GBHS library in New Ulm have a book
about old Moravian and Silesian Tracht.

It may also be available via Interlibrary loan. The title is Mährische und
Schlesische Volkstrachten. Paintings in Guasch from 1814. The author is
Miroslava Ludvikova.

An alternate title is Moravske A Slezske Kroje.

The text is in German and Czech.

The Silesian places mentioned are Freudenthaler Gebirgs; Deutshce Gebirgs
around Troppau and Jagerndorf; Troppau; Gesernike; Bodenstadt; Weiskirchen;
Kuhlandchen; Kunewald; Stiebnig; Stauding; Pholanzer Lediges Madchen; Poruba
Dominium; Teschen, Polish Ostrau, Freistadt, Niesser Furstenthum (part of
Troppau Kreis); Herrschft Sternberg; Domstadtl; Hanaks (very early settlers in
that area) Müglitz;Plumenau Geburgs Gegend; Schebetau;
biskupitz;Jessenitz;Herrschaft Konitzer,

The last ones may be in the Brunn district, not in Silesia if all of the
Silesian images are shown together.

I have some photos of pastel drawings of a Kuhland bride's Tracht that was a
"museum piece" in 1945 when the drawing was made. The dress is all silk,
full length and VERY elegant. I did not see anything that resembled it in
the book about Moravian and Silesian Tracht.

The whole portfolio of Images made in 1945 by Fritzi Mally is available for
interlibrary loan from the University of Illinois. When I borrowed it I
translated the text from German and put the translation in the portfolio when I
returned it.
It may still have that translation with it.

_Deutsche Trachten aus den Sudetenländern_
/ Fritzi Mally. - Prag [u.a.] : Volk- und Reich-Verl., 1943

You may find a copy of the portfolio for sale at the ZVAB website if you
search with Fritzi Mally.

Mally also illustrated other works about the Sudetenland but I don't know if
they include images of folk dress. Your research librarian should be able
to tell you a little about what is available.

There was little change between 1814 and 1880 except that costume may have
been embellished more later in the century. A favorite embellishment was a
cap embroidered all over with gold threads and aproms or skits of silk. .It
was because Tracht was becoming so expensive with all the furs, silkes,
velvets, gold, silver and gemstones added that the new style that would be more
simple was introduced in the 1880s.

German Tracht tended to be somewhat conservative and less elaborate than
the heavily embroidered Czech Kroje that also developed in the area.

There was a Prussian Silesia also and you have to be certain that the
website you look at has versions that would include the Austrian Silesians
if it is not about Austrian Silesians

Search with Silesian Sudeten Tracht.

Most of the modern tracht will show the styles since 1880. If your
ancestors emigrated before that time they may have worn the older style Tracht.

Preussler Verlag has published a lot of books about the Silesian Sudetens.
If you find their catalog at their website, you may find a book about Tracht.

Just be sure that any Tracht you track down dates from the era before your
ancestors left.


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