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  • Wedding photograph of Moravian bride (standing) and groom (seated).
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Moravian couple
Helene Cincebeaux and Helen Zemek Baine Collection

Moravia

Moravian Wedding Costume

Moravian Brideís Costume
Moravian girls were taught to embroider at an early age. The wedding outfit a young bride would make reflected her embroidery skills. After the wedding it would be worn as her Sunday best. While notable for its short skirt, vest, and elaborately embroidered shirt with large puffed sleeves, the outfitís true showpiece was the embroidered apron of indigo-dyed chintz.

Moravian Groomís Costume
In most of Moravia, a groomís costume was as elaborate as his brideís. It showcased the skills of the women in his family and expressed their affection for him. It was also a statement of wealth. The sleeves on menís special occasion shirts would often extend well beyond the fingertips, suggesting that the wearer had the luxury of not working.