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Not long ago, we would see them on the street, on a bus, or sitting on village benches or walking to the church. We were used to them. Who are they? They are women wearing their traditional folk costumes even on weekdays. Over time, however, these encounters have become more and more rare. So, what does the word víchernice mean? It used to describe a woman who proudly cared about her looks but who was also industrious and a hard worker. Allegedly, the word víchera is an expression for peasant pride. And as we know now, these women have a good reason to be proud. They have kept the heritage of their ancestors alive for us. We have succeeded photographing women in Moravia. It was important for us to capture our „models“ in their natural everyday life environment. Therefore, you can see these women wearing headphones or appearing in a modern 21st Century interior.

As goes the landscape, so go the people...


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Líba Taylor – Photographer
Líba Taylor is a Czech photographer who lived most of her professional life in England. She worked for over twenty-five years on documentary projects for humanitarian organizations (UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, ActionAid, and others), focusing mainly on Africa, Asia and Latin America. Women and children are the focus of her interest. She is the recipient of several awards including two from the Czech Press Photo contest.
Jan Kostrhun – Author of Text
Jan Kostrhun was born in 1942 in the old town of Podivín in Southern Moravia. Since 1965, he has also been active as a writer, screenwriter, and journalist. In 1990, Kostrhun was elected a representative to the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly; later he served as a Deputy in the Chamber of Deputies in the Parliament of the Czech Republic. He is the winner of several awards for literature and screenplays. He is a member of the PEN Club, the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Academy of Czech Literature.
Folk Fashion – Víchera
Almost every village carefully preserves monuments of its vernacular architecture. The white limestone stuccos, the blue base trims on houses, a wide range of painted flower ornaments with the traditional heart shape or a little apple jablúčko, still adorn some of the village chalupa dwellings in the Slovácko region. The wayside shrines and crosses or vintner’s cellars and búdy huts are well maintained. The wine-growing industry, especially, gave the landscape its distinctive character.
Moravia is a historical region in the Czech Republic. Moravia occupies most of the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Moravian territory is naturally strongly determined, in fact, as the Morava river basin, with strong effect of mountains in the west and partly in the east, where all the rivers rise. Moravian people are considerably aware of their Moravian identity and there is some rivalry between them and the Czechs from Bohemia. The Moravians are generally a Slavic ethnic group who speak various (generally more archaic) dialects of Czech.



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