National costumes from Aukštaitija

National costumes from Dzūkija

National costumes of a woman from Dzūkija, a woman and a man from Aukštaitija, a man from Žemaitija and a woman from Suvalkija

National costumes from Žemaitija

National costumes from Aukštaitija

Socks with inscription “BARBORA ŠALTMIRIENĖ”. 2nd half 19th c.

Wool, knitting. Plungė district, Rietavas environs

Peasants’ clothes from homemade fabrics reflect the traditions and features of ethnographic regions by the weaving techniques, colour combinations, patterns and features of sewing, trimming and wear. The largest part consists of women’s clothes: skirts, aprons, blouses, shawls, overcoats, and headwear (scarves, caps, whimples). Mittens, socks, wristlets and shawls belong to the group of knitwear. There is a lesser number of men’s and children’s clothing. In 1996 the largest collection of braided, picked, and woven sashes (circa 1,500 items) was supplemented with traditional sashes donated by the Canadian Lithuanian artist Antanas Tamošaitis. The group of peasants’ daily and festive footwear consists of bast-shoes, knitted slippers, sandals, clogs, shoes and boots. The jewellery group is comprised of coral, amber, silver and glass beads. Among the exhibits are pieces of fabrics for making clothes and knitted, crocheted and braided details for decoration. National costumes created by folk artists (Klementina Gudonytė, Monika Kriukelienė, Elvyra Baublienė and others) and made after sketches by professional artists (Regina and Juozas Balčikonis, Dalia Mataitienė, Ona and Vytautas Vincevičius and others) constitute a separate group. There are quite large groups of original sashes and jewellery. The museum also holds some production samples of Marginiai, Dailė, and Dovana companies. The clothing collections are constantly supplemented with new exhibits: wristlets reproduced after old models by Irena Filomena Juškienė (69 pairs), unique socks with the inscription “Barbora Šaltmirienė” from the 19th century (Raseiniai district), mittens, and layettes. A collection of 80 exhibits – sashes, mittens, women’s national costumes etc., both authentic and made by folk artists – returned to Lithuania from the USA.

From 2007 copies of the earliest and most valuable exhibits are made, which can be used to replace the originals in exhibitions, supplement ethnographic costumes with new items and enrich the national costume. The present collection of copies consists of circa 300 items.

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