kontusz

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Pas kontuszowy (kontusz* sash) was an important and often the most decorative element of historical fashion of szlachta (Polish nobility) that gained the biggest popularity in 17th and 18th centuries, during the era of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This kind of sash was used for girding a kontusz*, and could reach even 4 meters in the lenght. They were made from luxury materials, often with e.g. gold or silver threads woven into the silk patterns.

Examples above are surviving 18th-century sashes from the collections of the National Museum in Kraków.

*Kontusz / kontush - outer garment, long robe with long and loose sleeves. Historically it was a characteristic element of fashion of Polish-Lithuanian and Hungarian nobility.

Poland sitting in his attic surrounded by clothing which dates from the 14th - 18th centuries, waiting for them to come back into fashion.

‘Soon…’ He whispers, while petting a kontusz.

“1970s fashion has made a revival, the 16th Century can’t be far behind.”