Augšzeme Women's Folk CostumeFold-out, Latvian State Printing House, ca. 1960

This quick reference fold-out on card stock is a Soviet-era work (priced in kopecks and including references to the Baltic Soviet republics) reminiscent of Latvju raksti—Ornement Letton, which was offered as a subscription series by the State Printing House from 1924 to 1931 and also published in three volumes. We have assembled our collection from multiple sources. It's worth noting the illustrations of folk costumes in the Concise Encyclopedia of the Latvian SSR (1970) are virtually identical to those shown here.

A traditional weave pattern appears on the cover. Inside are an illustration of a full folk costume and various details: women's full dress, shawl embroidery, skirt fabric weave pattern, blouse with embroidery details, jacket pattern, crown and sock weave pattern. The obverse side provides a brief overview in four languages: French, English, Russian, and Latvian.

Augšzeme, "the highlands," is also and better known as Selonia (Latvian: Sēlija; Lithuanian: Sėla or Aukšzemė), a region of Zemgale spanning modern Latvian and Lithuanian territory and whose inhabitants, at one time, spoke their own dialect, reflected today among those that speak the Latgalian dialect. The Latvian Selonians and Lithuanian Aukštaitians are likely of the same ancient tribe. Below the territories of the Selonians and Aukštaitians[1].

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Fold-out cover

Woman's full dress, restored image

Woman's full dress

Shawl embroidery and skirt fabric weave pattern

Woman's blouse with embroidery stitching

Jacket pattern, crown weave pattern, sock weave pattern

Overview (French)

Overview (English)

Overview (Russian)

Overview (Latvian)

Publisher's imprint

[1]Original at [Baltic_Tribes_c_1200.svg] on Wikipedia.
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