‘Mountain girl’ hits new heights with her stunning highland fashions
A fashion designer from the Tatra mountains is hitting new heights with her gorgeous collection of highland embroidery.
After wowing judges at international fashion shows, Joanna Galica-Dorula’s intricate handmade designs have now been snapped up by high-end Warsaw boutique Petite Maison and have become a hit with celebrities including former Miss Poland Paulina Krupinska.
The 33-year-old from Poland’s Podhale region told TFN: "I am proud that by working at home and carrying out a 'niche' profession, I am able to reach clients like Paulina Krupinska and the Warsaw boutique.
“These are small successes for me, but I approach each client individually with great care, we choose colours, finalise the design which is 'just for her' and I think that distinguishes my workshop."
Using a combination of traditional embroidery and a complex medieval technique known as acupictura, Joanna’s intricate homemade designs create an illusion of ‘painting with a needle and thread’.
Taking inspiration from traditional ‘Górale’ mountain designs, the designs take 2-3 months on average to complete a full length outfit, with Joanna often working over 10 hours a day to complete them.
She told TFN: “Roses are a traditional element of highland embroidery designs and they are my favourite pattern.
“I never get tired of doing them - they can be embroidered in so many different ways.”
After learning the craft from her mother, Joanna went on to win first place at a competition organised by the Central Museum of Textiles in Lódź in 2012.
Last year she won the hearts of judges at a Hand and Lock Embroidery Competition in London where she earned 3rd place and critical acclaim for her colourful embroidery on a green velvet cape.
Now Joanna is flat out with orders and says her calendar is fully booked for the next two years.
She said: “Clients who come to me are very aware of the amount of work that goes into embroidering their designs and achieving the effect of 'painting with a needle and thread'. I often hear 'it looks like it’s been painted'.