Kiełbaśnica

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Kiełbaśnica is an element of a female Polish national costume from the region of Upper Silesia dating back to the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. It is a long cylindrical linen cloth belt, around 5 to 10 centimeters in diameter, worn around a woman's hips.

Kiełbaśnica is stuffed with wool, feathers, cotton wool or cloth leftovers. On both ends of the belt there are sewn-in strings, used for tying it around one's hips. Its task is to make women look more attractive by widening their hips; thin women were considered sickly or poor at the beginning of the 20th century.[1]

It also helps to fasten around the waist and hold the numerous skirts which are also parts of the national costume.

Its shape resembles kiełbasa, thus the name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Szołtysek, Marek (1998). Ślązoczki Piykne są!. Wydawnictwo "Śląskie ABC". p. 32. ISBN 83-909286-1-2. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  • Szołtysek, Marek (1998). Ślązoczki Piykne są!. Wydawnictwo "Śląskie ABC". p. 32. ISBN 83-909286-1-2. Retrieved 15 January 2012.