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 EMBROIDERY

The art of Kashubian Embroidery is still very much alive. Embroidery classes are being offered in local grade schools and the students are very proud of their work. The top pieces are sent to a Museum in Zukowo, Kaszebe the birthplace of Kashubian Embroidery. Some are also displayed at Canada’s Kashubian Heritage Park & Museum in Wilno Ontario. There are also classes available at the Park for adults. The Canadian Kashubs still practice the art of quilting making. Ladies still make work bees and work on each other’s quilt. Once a necessity, now just done for leisure and made for gifts for their children. There are also some students and ladies who make traditional Kashubian costumes with the Kashubian flowers embroidered. The Kashubian embroidery design are very unique. There are seven different colours, everyone representing something unique in the Kashubian region in Kaszebe. Dark Blue: represents the Baltic Sea, Medium blue the colour of the Kashubian Lakes, Light blue the sky over Kaszebe, yellow represents both sand and amber, green represents the meadows and forest, red symbolizes the warm hearts and love for their Kashubian heritage. And black for sorrow and adversity of the Kashub people.

COLOURS OF KASZEBE CANADA

DARK BLUE – represents the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean – the water ways our Kaszubian ancestors used to come to the Renfrew County

MEDIUM BLUE- represents the Kashubian Lakes in the Madawaska Valley

LIGHT BLUE – which represents the sky over Wilno, Barry’s Bay & Round Lake, Canada’s Kashub Heartland

GREEN – represents the green forests of the Madawaska Valley

RED – symbolizes the love and the warm hearts of the Canadian Kashub people

BLACK – representing the struggles and the adversity of our ancestors when they broke ground on the Opeongo Line

YELLOW - represents the golden bridge that has been built by the Canadian Kashub people to connect with Kashub people all over the world to keep the Kashubian Culture alive. “WIEDNO KASZEBE”

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Theresa Chapeskie (photo right) began Kashubian embroidery classes in local schools with help from many local women. Bernice Bleskie (photo left) is one of the original instructors.

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Zophia Kosinski (in grey dress) organizes and teaches embroidery classes and the local heritage park.

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