About ethnographic pattern book


We are presenting you the first "The Małopolska Thing. Ethnographic patter book’" Over eight hundred entries describing exhibits selected by us from the collections of the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow form a specific catalogue of colours, motifs, fabrics and form.

We would like the pattern book to become not simply a handy tool for designers seeking contemporary ethnographic inspiration, but also a stimulus for reflection on the identity of Małopolska – an extremely diverse region, though previously seen almost exclusively through the prism of stereotypical Krakowiak Folk and Highlanders. Applying the historical term, rather than the administrative one (and therefore expanding the described territory by areas currently forming Świętokrzyskie or Podkarpackie administrative regions), we are trying to show the wealth of patterns, taking a fresh look at cultural clichés or filling the empty spaces between them (we have not included the trite rogatywka hat, but rather celender andmagierka hats instead).

Some of our selected items were grouped according to their colour, motif, material and form. Using the browser you can freely joint these keywords.

"Pattern book" is also available as a traditional book – available in our shop (at the museum and online).