Many of the wedding and dowry chests have been hand-painted with traditional regional motifs including multi-coloured floral folk patterns, most commonly featuring roses, tulips and lilacs, whilst those from the end of the 19th century often feature vases of flowers on the front panel.
On International Strange Music Day, TFN takes a look at some of the odder folk music instruments in Poland.
Entitled “Wieśland, or an urban fantasy under the thatched roof”, their design offers to bring the slower pace of country life to Poland’s buzzing capital.
Since it was founded 70 years ago, generations of singers, dancers and musicians have enthralled audiences totalling a staggering 23 million people in over 50 countries on 6 continents. They have travelled over 2.3 million kilometres to put on over 7,000 concerts of folk dance and song, and in so doing have played a huge role in protecting and nurturing Polish identity. TFN’s Stuart Dowell went behind the scenes to find out more.
UNESCO's Evaluation Body has issued a positive recommendation for the inclusion of traditional Krakovian 'szopki' or nativity scenes on the prestigious UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list.
Had the Flower-Power generation still been around today, this little village in southeast Poland would have been its capital.