Folk folk

January 20th, 2012

One of my favourite things to draw, look at in museums and hoard pictures of on my hard drive is a good old national costume. Obviously I have a particular affinity for the Ukrainian and Russian ones, but I’m an equal opportunity enthusiast. I particularly love the Hungarian and Serbian ones (this one is actually genuinely stylish!). These are two quick costumey paintings from my sketchbook.

Flickr is an absolute treasure trove for this kind of thing, here are just a few good ones I’ve found:


Czech by josefnovak33 – one & two


Polish by włodi


Czech by josefnovak33one & two


Swedish by YlvaS


Czech by josefnovak33one & two


Greenlandic by  ilovegreenland


Czechoslovakian by josefnovak33


Polish by włodi


Swedish by YlvaS


Swedish by YlvaS


Greenlandic by ilovegreenland


Spanish by Von Aisaider


Turkish by ali eminov


Polish by włodi


Bonus photo of me at 2 years old decked out in a Ukranian headband and matching dolls ;)

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33 Comments

  1. Megan K. says:

    I just love those illustrations! I have a great gran who came from Sweden, so these are slightly reminiscent to me. It’s great to see when others take pride in the nostalgia of where they came from!
    Cool beans!

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  2. Melwa says:

    GORGEOUS post. I especially love your paintings.

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    kris atomic says,

    January 20th, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    thank you! x

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  3. Amanda says:

    So lovely! Some of the swedish costumes is derived from the place I grew up. Almost makes me homesick, haha.

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  4. Natalka says:

    Gorgeous illustrations :) Both sides of my fam are from Ukraine and I have similar photos of my sister and myself in the folk costumes as kids. Matching dolls and stuffed animals wearing Ukrainian vests and all! I didn’t appreciate them as a kid but I see the beauty in the patterns and tradition much more now (especially as a graphic designer). I imagine it must be much more inspiring for you now as well?

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  5. gabi says:

    Hi Kris,
    I love your drawings! Since you like folk costumes, I thought I could point these to you… from my country, Chile.
    Mapuche women (south of the country): http://www.flickr.com/photos/antitezo/146462884/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lemmermannphotography/5043230660/ and old picture of machis (religious authority -always women) http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:Mapuche_Machis.jpg Men’s costumes are also quite interesting.
    La Tirana (a religious carnival), north of the country: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leoncalquin_photos/174490390/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/leoncalquin_photos/111729723/, again both women and men’s costumes are fantastic.
    Two very distant ends of a long country…

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    kris atomic says,

    January 20th, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Wow, thank you very much for the links. So interesting! x

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  6. mat says:

    cracking drawings, really liked this post

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    kris atomic says,

    January 20th, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    thanks Mat! Nice blog you’ve got there. x

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  7. Trude says:

    Awww you look so cute! I love seeing native costumes too, I still have my Norwegian one from when I was little. :)

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  8. Nicole says:

    Ah, I love this! I’m starting my senior project soon, and most of it is about folk arts/costume/embroidery.

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    kris atomic says,

    January 20th, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    Ooh that sounds great, I hope you’ll put it on your blog when you’re done? I’d love to see it! kris x

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  9. Libby says:

    This is fab! I love all the colour and pattern. Also, one of my friends is Danish but also has some family in Sweden; I was always so jealous of St Lucia Day which they celebrated there, with the big crown and all the candles.

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    kris atomic says,

    January 20th, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    Wow, I hadn’t heard of that! Googling it also lead me to this amazing photo

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26777958@N05/3102849847/

    wow! x

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  10. Zoe says:

    I adore all of this. The colours and vibrancy of the costumes and ceremonies that surround them is wondrous! Irish peasant dress is nowhere near as exciting, but then again we didn’t have the same ceremonial practices. I love how these costumes are inspired by their landscape, heritage and culture. Unique and colourful.

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  11. ano says:

    (Sorry for the name and email ;)

    Have you looked into Sami dresses? Samis can be found in the Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish lapland, and in Russia as well :)

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    kris atomic says,

    January 20th, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    I’ve seen some of those in a Museum when I was in Norway I think :) Thank you for the suggestion though, I didn’t know the name. Kris x

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  12. Angela says:

    Thank you for sharing this inspiration, there is also a special place in my heart for
    folk costumes! Your paitings of them are wonderful!

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  13. Charlotte says:

    this reminds me of doing the may pole!

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  14. Meredith says:

    Such lovely inspiration. Your illustrations always make me smile! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos too! :)

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  15. Serea says:

    I made a post with my traditional folk cloths, you can see it in my blog.

    http://runningintherainn.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-best-outfit.html

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  16. Elena says:

    Love you illustrations Kristina!
    I am from Ukraine too. On my last trip to Kiev I got some stamps with traditional Ukrainian head dress illustrations. They are really beautiful. I’ll Instagram you a pic!

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  17. Rachel says:

    The illustrations are great! Have you ever seen the costumes of the tribes of Northwest Pakistan/Northeast Afghanistan? I’ve seen photos of the Kalash tribe and their costume is one you may like!

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  18. Gracie says:

    Aw I love this post

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  19. Nina says:

    hey, i see you like Serbian folk clothes, so I thought i would share this with you http://www.narodnenosnje.co.rs/nosnja.htm just click on prats of the map to see different outfits… We have really great woven bags with geometric designs..and also flower embroideries on on skirts.. i hope you’ll like it..
    Nina

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  20. Anastasia says:

    Ой, ты такая милая на фото :) к тому же иллюстрации восхитительные! Умница :) Привет из Украины!

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  21. This is beautiful!

    Love the very last pictures, so cute!

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  22. Camille says:

    It’s a very beautiful post, your illsutrations and inspirations are gorgeous !

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  23. Lazy Lisa says:

    I looooooove this post ! I’m a lot into east and north europe folk costume inspiration right now… I couldn’t dream better of your finds !
    also, your doll’s face reminds me the girls you draw… (or the contrary) any unconscient (or conscient) inspiration ? ;)

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  24. Try the Romanian too ;)

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  25. Kate says:

    Україночка))як тебе занесло так далеко? Дуже гарні ілюстрації, своєрідний стиль)

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