Today I am going to present a number of embroidery designs from Prigorje, which are done on the man's shirt, and woman's blouse, jumper and apron. For a description of this costume see my previous posting. The designs are mostly cross stitch in red with a small admixture of blue, with some supplemental stitches. White on white [or white on ecru] embroidery is also sometimes done on the collar and cuffs of the men's shirt.
Here are some of these designs:
The men's shirts sometimes have more subtle stitching, as in the following two examples from the area of Medvenice.
Very pleasant designs and easy to execute. I think that these could have many applications for bringing a little bit of old Croatia into your home. Be creative and make the world more beautiful by making something of beauty.
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Ribaric/Szenczi, 'Vezak Vezla - Croatian Folk Embroidery', Zagreb, 1973
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Vjekoslav Majer et al, 'Zagreb and its Surroundings',Zagreb, 1975
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Postcards in personal collection
National Geographic Magazine