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Expo on lives of women 100 years ago opens in Žilina

THE LIVES of women during the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be thoroughly illustrated to visitors to the Považské Museum in Žilina through an exhibition called How Women Lived. It will view a woman in her roles as wife, mother and housewife, and also as a working woman and socially active woman.

A Považské múzeum exhibit showing the 120-year history of the Žilina-Bratislava railway(Source: TASR)

THE LIVES of women during the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be thoroughly illustrated to visitors to the Považské Museum in Žilina through an exhibition called How Women Lived. It will view a woman in her roles as wife, mother and housewife, and also as a working woman and socially active woman.

“The exhibition is made even more attractive as it compares and shows the lives of both country and urban women, especially in the environment typical for a current woman, too – in her kitchen and household,” the cultural manager of the museum, Adriana Brziaková, told the SITA newswire. The exhibition’s atmosphere will be completed by antique equipment from the work and family space. “The life of an urban woman was easier, mainly due to the gradual mechanisation of the household, which reached the country only much later,” said Adriana Bárdyová, one of the exhibition’s curators and an ethnologist at the museum. Items used for other everyday activities like spinning, weaving, and sewing will also be exhibited.

The illustration will be completed with period ladies’ clothing and small items of everyday life. There will also be a wedding coffer, a suitcase, and fashion magazines.

“Women’s fashion at the turn of the centuries was set by Vienna and Budapest. Ladies in Slovakia learned about the latest fashion trends mainly through Hungarian women’s magazines which adopted colour fashion supplements from French magazines. Der Bazar also had a Hungarian version and it was one of the first publications to launch a regular feature with patterns for sewing clothing,” said Mária Okániková, another curator and the museum’s historian.

Another impressive part of the exhibition will include facsimiles of authentic documentary photographs, e.g. by Žilina photographer Matilda Reková, who was very famous during this period.
“The exhibition How Women Lived is also an incentive to learn and understand the long path taken by women in asserting themselves throughout our history,” Brziaková explained.

The exhibition is being organised by the government of Žilina Region and the Považské Museum. It opened on June 4 at Budatín Castle in Žilina and will continue until September 1.

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