The costume of the “Lajkonik”

The costume designed by Stanisław Wyspiański, which the “Lajkonik” (a bearded man with a hobby horse, dressed like a Tartar warrior – one of the symbols of the city’s folklore and tradition) of Krakow dons every year weighs as much as 40 kg. Despite the hot June weather, he must perform three ritual dances holding a six-meter banner.
The tradition of the march itself is much older – however, earlier, the participants of the march were dressed in casual clothes. Interestingly, in 1997, Krystyna Zachwatowicz undertook the revival of the costumes of włóczki and Mlaskoty orchestra (earlier outfits were designed by the Witold Chomicz – Professor of the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts – who loved folklore and the customs of Zwierzyniec in Krakow).

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