Relating the history of kroje

Patrick Fisher, The New Prague Times

Anne Jans talks about kroje, the Czech ethnic dress, to 22 people during the Tuesday, June 11, meeting of the Czech Heritage Club in New Prague. Jans describes herself as more of an enthusiast than an expert on kroje as there is so much to learn. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

“I am not an expert, I describe myself as an enthusiast,” said Anne Jans during her presentation about kroje (Czech traditional ethnic dress) at the Tuesday, June 11, meeting of the Czech Heritage Club. Held in the second floor meeting room at New Prague City Hall, Jans had her collection of kroje.

She explained the reason she doesn’t consider herself an expert is because there is so much detail in the various forms of kroj. Jans was the Miss Czech Slovak MN Queen in 1999 and currently serves on the board of directors for the Miss Czech Slovak MN Pageant. Jans thought the first kroje she made was good, but found out it needed a little more work. She has since continued to work on improving her kroje.

Jans said the style of kroje represents the different regions of the Czech Republic. During her presentation she detailed the differences in dresses from the regions of Moravia, Bohemia and Slovakia.

“It can be broken down even further,” she noted, adding that at one time, people could even tell what village a person was from by their kroje.

An example is that in....

To see more on this story pick up the June 20, 2019 print edition of The New Prague Times or the Montgomery Messenger.


Suel Printing Company

Copyright © Suel Printing Company
All Rights Reserved
200 Main St E
New Prague, MN 56071

Phone: 952-758-4435
Fax: 952-758-4135

Latest articles

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 9:30pm
Tue, 10/15/2019 - 2:58pm
Tue, 10/15/2019 - 11:20am
Mon, 10/14/2019 - 4:59pm

If you would like to receive a FREE digital edition with a paid print subscription please call 952-758-4435.