I am in my hotel room here in Warsaw and it's been snowing today. Yes, it's freezing cold outside!
I love being here, though. Everywhere you go there will be a cup with freshly made soup to warm up your heart and God knows, polish food is second to no other else's food!
I can't remember how many times I have been to Poland now (it's just the sign I am getting old), I have always been fascinated by the folk traditions of Eastern Europe since those far distant years in uni. Initially, as a student, I was interested mainly in literature, traditions, liturgies. Now that my life has gone in a different direction I have found how these traditions have been applied to everyday life, to fashion and design. And I am completely addicted to all this beauty I have discovered.
"In early Polish folk tradition, floral wreaths were worn for both religious and secular ceremonies, like marriage celebrations and Easter festivals. When the manufacturing of decorative paper and cigarettes arose in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the “handicraft paper” movement re-imagined those earlier headdresses with hand-created paper blooms."
I have to say that, after visiting the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, and the magnificent quality of all the textile art exposed, I am now inspired more than ever on what direction to take for the future of this page.
Ukrainian embroidery - http://ethnomuseum.pl/
Slovakian embroideries on a man's cape.
Polish embroideries on a man's cape.
The view from the hotel! Right in the city centre, in front of the Palace of Culture and Science.
And finally, the main reason why I was in Poland...my husband was playing at a very important event at the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera, the beautiful concert of Halka composed by Moniuszko.
I nearly cried at the end of the opera, such a sad story!
Also...I definitely urge to buy a proper chiffon dress with rhinestones, because this event was quite important and I was basically dressed like Oliver Twist.