Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Traditional costumes (kroj) in Cheb (Eger) area

I searched for Cheb (Eger) area traditional costumes (kroj) because of Amy's question in comments under the blog post showing some pictures of these costumes from different regions of Bohemia. I have found quite interesting book published in 1845 and then again in 1877 about Cheb and its surroundings called Eger und das Egerland by Vinzenz Pröckl. There are some pictures of traditional costumes from this area. 

Egerland (Chebsko) is located in western part of Bohemia. It was fully German area and it became part of Czech lands during the reign of Charles IV. in 1348. 

The map above shows current Czech borders (in red). Light grey is original Egerland which was administered from the town Cheb and belonged to the Holy Roman Empire. Dark grey is that part of Egerland which was gived to Czech kings as a pledge in 1322.

The area was strictly German until 1945, there were just few Czech people living there. Local traditional costumes are quite rich because this area was rich. 

Pictures from 1845
The 1845 book was published in Schwabach script and there are four tables in full color showing local traditional costumes (TC).
 Citizen's TC from 17th century. First policeman in Cheb. Farmer's TC from 17th and 18th century.

 Farmer's TC from 1844. Citizen's TC from 1844.

Citizens' wives and a widow in 1844.

Marriage in 18th century. Yes, really a marriage (Hochzeit) even the fact that it much more looks like a funeral... :)

Pictures from 1877
The book was then rewritten and published again in 1877. There are also some fully colored pictures of local traditional costumes as well as pictures of places and buildings.

Old citizen's TC. Old farmer's TC. Egerland TC. Old marriage TC.

Peddler's carriage.



 Castle in Podhrad.

Town Cheb.

 Monk's stone.

Castle Kynšperk nad Ohří.
Town Cheb in 1550.
Old castle in Podhrad.

Old castle in Cheb.

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