Vintage Polish Dolls

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Circ: 1930’s

These dolls are from Poland.

They are dressed in the traditional regional costume of Krakow.
Head and lower arms are made of celluloid and they have cloth over wire articulated bodies.
Their features are hand painted.
Each doll is unique and hand made.
All clothing is hand made.
Dolls Height: 12” (300mm)

Krakow wreath of 30 flowers worn by female youth.
Hair formed in 2 plaited ponytails.
Traditional long ribbons.
Red Neck Beads worn by women, youth.
Shirt top.

Brocade fabric vest.

Lace Apron.


Cotton Slip Petticoat.
Bloomers (thigh Length)
Black bootsBoots.
Her costume is made of unique antique fabrics and made with lovely detail.
On her head she wears a wreath of 30 flowers and under this her hair is plaited into two ponytails with multi coloured satin ribbons which are waist length.
She has twin rows of red beads around her neck.
There are gold sequins and frills sewn onto her corset-type embroided vest which covers a discoloured white shirt.

Under her lace apron is a red floral pattern dress.
Under this is a cotton slip petticoat & thigh length bloomers.

She has black leather boots.

Krakow youth’s wide belt and depicted by two rows of metal rings.
Cap with traditional long feather and short ribbons.
Youth’s Shirt top
Coat (Kaftan)

Striped Pants of Krakow costume
Black boots.

His cap is trimmed with fur attached with short multi coloured satin ribbons and feather.

He wears a discolored white collared shirt with red and white striped pants.
Over this is a knee length coat (kaftan) with wide buckled white belt and two rows of metal rings.  The coat is quite barron except for two rows of sewn frills which depicts a peasant youth.
He has black leather boots.


Poland is a land with a rich and diverse folklore.
There are many regions in the country, each with their own traditions, dances, songs and costumes.

Polish folklore developed among the peasantry.
Country people were isolated from one another because of topography and seldom travelled very far.  Many spent their lives without ever leaving their home provinces and for this reason each region developed its own unique traditions.

Folk costumes also developed.
Polish costumes were based primarily on fabrics created and decorated by the local people.  Most of the clothing was produced from linen, cotton, wool, felt, leather and fur available in the community.  The peasant folk had to make do with what was at hand.

In early years, folk costumes were worn daily.
The more elaborate dress was worn on special occasions: church, festivals & weddings.  People had only one or two sets of 'good' clothes.  These were very skillfully made and highly ornamented.  Women spent months sewing elaborate embroidery on dresses & vests.

In some areas of Poland today, the folk tradition and distinctive costumes has almost completely disappeared. 

People continue to make their beautiful Polish costumes and wear them, but usually only on holidays and festivals..