with its rich customs and traditions, songs, playing, dancing,
clothes, applied art and handicraft, becomes the past, and is
cultivated only in a few regions of Poland like Podhale (in
the Tatra Mountains) or in Kurpie. Most often one can admire
the folklore of Polish villages in ethnographical museums and
Region is not a region of distinct ethnical and cultural separateness.
One can see strong influence of such regions as Mazuria, Mazovia,
Podlasie and partly Lithuania. It is the result of the late
colonisation of this land and multi-national mosaic of inhabitants.
It is not a rural community with culture and traditions so rich
as in case of the inhabitants of the Cracow, Podhale, Łowicz
or Kaszuby Region. However, it does not mean that villages of
Suwałki Region did not have their own traditions, customs or
culture. They did, and many of them have been preserved till
today. You can see it yourself taking part in harvest home festivals,
weddings, baptism parties, funerals or watching folk bands perform
or folk art exhibitions. People particularly keep traditions
of song, dance and music. Recently Folk Song and Dance Group
"Suwalszczyzna" has celebrated its 50th anniversary. In the
region several local dance and song groups and bands are active.
Handicraft has not disappeared completely. The most popular
craft is plaiting, especially wicker, root, straw and slat basketry.
Housewives preserve the tradition of weaving. The loom is still
used to produce decorative fabrics, bedspreads and carpets.
Easter eggs are still painted. The situation is a little worse
with pottery and coopering. Decorative design of porches and
shutters has become a thing of the past.
for the folklore...
old folklore of Suwałki Region is presented well in museums and
regional chambers. Rich ethnographic collections of art and craft
can be seen in the Regional Museum in Suwałki and in the Museum
of Augustów Land in Augustów. One should also visit the Regional
Museum in Lipsk by the Biebrza River with interesting ethnographic
The folklore of Polish Lithuanians is presented by the collections
which can be seen in Puńsk in the ethnographic park and Józef Vaina's
private museum, as well as in the Regional Chamber "Stara Plebania"
(The Old Presbytery).
We have to add that in the commune centers of culture folk bands
work - dance, music and theatre groups. Also the activities aiming
at teaching weaving, plaiting, embroidery, paper cutouts and Easter
eggs painting are organized. These activities are under care of
the instructors from the Regional Center of Culture and Art (ROKiS)
Museum of Maria Konopnicka, Suwałki, T. Kościuszki 31 566 41 33
District Museum in Suwałki, T. Kościuszki 81 565 13 96
Regional Museum, Lipsk, Rynek 3
Augustów Land Museum, Ethnography Section, Augustów, Hoża 7 563
Commune centers of culture in Suwałki Region
Młyńska 15 569 30 65
Filipów, Garbaska 2 569 60 94
Krasnopol 516 40 33
Lipsk, Rynek 9a 642 35 86
Nowinka 641 95 45
Przerośl 569 10 32
Puńsk 516 10 32
Raczki, T. Kościuszki 15 568 51 40
Wiżajny 568 80 53