FOLKoLOVE

14-11-2019

At Natibaby we have a passion for folk patterns. Folk patterns are beautiful, decorative and joyful, they are perfect for wraps and baby carriers. We designed many folk motifs together with groups of interested mothers who wanted to show their regional affiliation and thus promote their surroundings and unique culture. We present the results in this post.

Embroidery in Kaszuby

So, we'll start our journey around the map of Poland following our favorite patterns from the north - welcome to Kaszuby. Our Kaszuby and Kaszuby Night patterns are based on Kaszuby embroidery motifs. The history of embroidery is closely related to the orders located in Kaszuby. In the old days, nuns taught young women from wealthy families in convent secular schools, among other activities, they were learn to sew and to decorate clothes with embroidery. The students were to draw on the design of other regions in which the Norbertine and Benedictine convents were located, but they also had creative freedom, thanks to which Kaszuby embroidery was created. Their characteristic feature is the use of several basic colors: black, red, green, yellow and blue in three shades. The most common are floral motifs taken from the surrounding landscape - clovers, lilies, forget-me-nots, roses, pansies, cornflowers, carnations and foreign motifs, imposed in monasteries - tulips, acanthus, palmets, pomegranate flowers.

 

Lowicz folk patterns

Wandering down the map, we stop in the middle of Poland and visit the Łowicz region. The first Natibaby wrap pattern inspired by Polish folk art was created in 2013. Within a few years, almost 20 color versions were created! The combination of a gray background with a colorful pattern enjoyed enormous popularity. Popular folk designs originally stood on everyday products and outfits for special occasions. Pottery, ceramic, leathercraft, foundry, blacksmith and textile products were decorated with such patterns. The patterns were woven, embroidered, beautiful, delicate lace was created. Łowicz patterns have become very popular thanks to their unique composition and repetitive floral motifs as well as the characteristic representations of roosters, which originally dazzle with their richness of colors. Our versions focus on several color combinations, which, properly selected for the background color, emphasize the composition and unique drawing.

 

Danced close to the heart ... A few words about Kroszonka and Opole Folk

 

Turning west, we reach the Opole poviat. This region boasts a unique technique of creating Easter eggs. Kroszonka is a way of decorating eggs (eggshells) for Easter, by "scratching" patterns on a dyed egg shell. In this way, engravings with floral motifs are created: flowers, palms, leaves, etc. Traditional Kroszonki were one-colored, thanks to which the composition stood out in the foreground. And it is amazing, expressive and rich, very small elements create complicated combinations. Engravings create the illusion of three-dimensionality, you can easily distinguish individual plans. Creating a symmetrical and legible composition requires masterful precision, and the effect is amazing. Kroszonki have become so popular that new ornaments have been sought for these ornaments. It became porcelain, which was painted in small floral patterns inspired by Kroszonka, but compared to the Kroszonka, the patterns were multi-colored.

Photographed by Gracja Krawczyk

Members of the association "Zamotani - Close to the Heart" from Opole recorded a joint dance of mothers in wraps and baby carriers in a beautiful Kroszonka pattern, for the Tesco competition. The girls looked great. This competition was another opportunity to meet, dance and spend time actively with your children. They also presented a picnic dance that took place in the summer in Opole.

Podbeskidski minimalizm

We reach the south of Poland, particulary areas around the Beskids. Folk costumes of this region were very beautifully decorated with floral motifs. The composition is not overloaded, the space is definitely felt, the patterns do not overwhelm. Flower stalks twist neatly to form a harmonious whole. The laces from which we drew inspiration are delicate, flowers small and light, sometimes barely noticeable, minimalism in this release is the quintessence of elegance.

Photographed by Karolina Chrapkiewicz

Pikno wrap in a Mountaineer version

Mountains welcome us, and with them changeable and unpredictable weather. Native Mountaineers were always prepared for such weather and therefore wore scarves. Barankula, also known as Baraniato, was an expensive, decorative scarf with fringes, usually black and intended to be worn in winter. The inspiration for creating this pattern were Mountaineers scarves, but we delved into the subject further and the names of individual color versions were taken from the Mountaineer's dialect. The patterns were named Corny (Black), Pikno (beautiful), Hruby (fat, rich), Biola (white). The composition is dominated by floral motifs, even in folk costumes for men.

 

As you can see, wherever we go, Poland is full of inspiration. You don't have to look far. Poland has a very rich culture and a long history, so it is not surprising that individual regions can boast of their own patterns and motifs that were to distinguish the inhabitants of a particular area from others. Many such designs have gone down in the history of design, and several of them have inspired us to create fabrics for wraps, baby carriers and accessories. By drawing the best from our culture, we make keep it alive and not be forgotten by our children. We will joyfully continue to create patterns for wraps and baby carriers inspired by Polish design, as we have done so far, hoping it will enchant the whole world.