This costume has been worn since the beginning of the 19th century by highlanders from the lands at the foot of Tatra Mountains, located in the south of Poland. Because of a soil shortage, inhabitants work in an animal husbandry and a cheese production. Podhale region‘s culture and costumes hadn’t been known until the 19th century, when the romantic movement popularized mountaineering and visiting health resorts. During the interwar period, Tatra’s villages became fashionable place to live for achitects, painters and writers. Today, many Polish highlanders still wear folk costumes to keep up old tradition. Podhale male folk dress customarily includes: a linen shirt, a sheepskin vest – „serdak“ and white pants – „portki“ with characteristic heart shaped embroidery – „parzenica“. The wide leather belt is necessary to keep money and documents behind it. The whole costume is completed with a metal stud, a felt hat decorated with shells, shoes made of sheepskin – „kierpce“ and an alpenstock – „ciupaga“. This handmade glass man brings memories about the traditional costume and the embroidery from the Podhale region.
H: 14 cm