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  • The clothing of our Lemko ancestors was both utilitarian and colorful. Men's clothing was traditionally of white flax, linen or wool. It consisted of simple pants and shirt with a sleeveless jacket or vest. A flat black hat made of felt completed the outerwear. In cold weather, a long brown wool jacket or cape, or at times a sheepskin coat, was worn over the basic clothing,

    Women's clothing was more colorful. Multiple skirts were worn with an apron often made from brightly dyed or printed cloths. Blouses were embellished with embroidered folk art designs created over long winter evenings. Often colorful vests, ribbons or glass beads completed the outfit. Scarves covered married women's heads and sometimes elaborate headdresses were worn for holidays. Some of these clothing traditions can be seen in performing folk troupes today.

    Traditional clothing was worn in Europe until the late 1930's and early 1940's while our immigrant ancestors quickly adapted to American attire in the first step toward assimilation. In the new world, the colorful clothing of the homeland was preserved in church festivals and performances. Museums in Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine today exhibit traditional Lemko clothing.
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