Slovak Children’s Books (and some dancing girls)
Today’s cultural feature of Slovakia is little, nothing earth shattering. Their children’s board books are often hinged together accordion style. The book looks normal when it is closed, but when you get to the back you keep turning the ‘page’ until the back of the front page. They make for good farm fences.
Also, as my girls were in a folk dancing concert, I can finish the description of the kroj (traditional Slovak dress) that I started with the older babicka here.
Every area is different, of course, and these girls are wearing more of a hodge podge collection but there are similar elements to most Western areas. The skirt consists of three layers: a short cotton skirt, a back colourful ‘apron’, and a black front apron. The colourful portion that you see in the back is not a full skirt but, like the black cover, an ‘apron’ tied on backwards. The skirts are very twirly, much to my younger daughter’s satisfaction.
A colourful vest tops a cotton blouse (which is only tied together at the very top). The sleeves are puffed up, held by a lace that is threaded through the sleeve and then tied up on the arm. The sleeves often have embroidery on them, and end in lace or drawn thread embroidery. Around the throat is another layer of lace.
I was exceedingly pleased with the music, all young people. Three violins, a bass, and an accordion accompanied the children, as well as two older girls to help them with singing.
Jul 08, 2014 @ 13:33:14
Thanks for pointing out all the lovely details in the Slovakian dress! Are they all handmade? The girls look so adorable in them.
Jul 08, 2014 @ 15:33:43
Some of the dress parts are handmade, some not. Don’t they look cute? 🙂
Jul 08, 2014 @ 16:20:19
They look adorable, innocent, and healthy. You have made a wise choice in rearing your children here, I believe.
Jul 08, 2014 @ 23:30:30
Thank you! There are positives and negatives to living any place, and being a parent seems to be a challenge and a joy no matter where we live 🙂
Jul 08, 2014 @ 17:49:12
Thank you for writing about this Naomi. It warms my heart to get a glimpse of you and your families daily lives in Slovakia. It’s also so interesting to be introduced to Slovakian culture.
Jul 08, 2014 @ 23:27:14
My pleasure, glad you enjoyed! You would enjoy the music, some of the folk songs have some strange notes to our ears.
Jul 12, 2014 @ 13:48:43
I love the shot of the girls–so lovely and grown up!
Jul 13, 2014 @ 14:29:45
Thanks! Where does time go, right?
Jul 15, 2014 @ 05:28:39
I just learned how to line dance from Rudi’s Austrian niece. Apparently it’s huge there. Everyone gets geared up in their western outfits to do some boot scuffing. I can’t help wondering at the irony that here in the supposed ‘west’ we need foreigners to teach us ‘our’ dance moves.
Nov 14, 2018 @ 02:06:00
Dear Naomi, I hope you can help me. I have searched the internet for a slovak book(fiction) for my grandson to read and cannot find any. i am willing to learn slovak and translate it myself. is there any website where you can find books for kids by slovak authors?
Nov 14, 2018 @ 23:07:55
Hi, I’d love to help you but I need some more information. How old is your grandson? You are looking for a fiction book in English taking place in Slovakia or by a Slovak author? Send me an email, I can give more personal help there.