The costume of the villages Hunkovce, Rovné, Ladomirová in Svidník A studio photo from the early 1940s of a Rusyn woman and her daughters from Rovné, Svidník A family in 1934 Rovné, Svidník. The man’s costume here is a sign of the time, as when ready-made clothing became available people stopped producing home-made clothing. They were proud to wear clothes they bought because it showed that they could afford to do so. Mother and daughter from Rovné, Svidník from 1934. A photo from Ladomirová, Svidník on May 3rd, 1942 capturing a Ladomoriván wedding. It shows that costumes were still worn at this time, by possibly all the inhabitants of the village. Hop and flax continued to grow, or at least domestic fabric was used. The winter evenings were for making yarn from the flax tops and then weaving cloth.At that time, articial flowers made form paper were also sold in stores. It quickly spread in Ladomirová and the surrounding villages. So bridesmaids were no longer using real flowers, but used paper flowers as decoration. The bride of the village was not in white and did not have a veil, so to distinguish her from others she had a head of whiteflowers.It’s worth pointing out the roofs in the background of the photo because in 1944 the village was bombed and nothing of the older homes remains, except for the old wooden church from 1742. Rovné, Svidník 1946 Rovné Svidník 1959.During the 1950s and 1960s, after WWII, a few new wedding customs were introduced. A cultural house was constructed in the village which provided more space for a wedding celebration than a yard/barn (houses were too small) as it was in the past, so the number of invited guests increased. For the first time alcohol was offered in the form of strong spirits. It was heavy to drink on it’s own so it was mixed with sugar or added to black coffee with milk. After WWII a custom of homemade brandy distilling began. The natives learned home distilling from Russian soldiers and though it was a criminal offense to brew at home, every family was doing so and this act slowly ceased sometime in the second half othe sixties. Though it disappeared on a mass level, many individuals have been partaking in domestic distilling for quite a while and in some villages to this day. (Photos thanks to praveorechove.com) Post navigation Showa Girl Time WarpMarch 2019 issue of Soen Magazine 1 comment This is super fascinating… thank you for sharing! Reply Share your thoughts Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Name* Email Address* Website CommentSave my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.