Kopanice showed off their folk costume. Take a look

The Greatest Slovak M. R. Štefánik grew up in Kopanice, too.

A traditional  kopanice costume worn by a married woman. The woman wearing such a costume is called "krojovanka".A traditional kopanice costume worn by a married woman. The woman wearing such a costume is called "krojovanka". (Source: TASR)

Whether tourists visit western Slovakia or its eastern regions, they can learn that each region, or even a village, has its own version of a folk costume.

The traditional folk costumes, worn in towns such as Myjava and Brezová pod Bradlom, both in western Slovakia, were presented during the Kopanice v kroji (Kopanice wears a Folk Costume) event the past weekend, as reported by the TASR newswire.

Kopanice is a region of dispersed settlements in southwest Slovakia, of which Myjava and Brezová pod Bradlom are its centres.

The term is used exclusively in this part of the region, though there are similar settlements in other parts of Slovakia. But they have their own terms, such as lazy, štále, cholvarky and rale.

Štefánik's shirt

During the event, a replica of Slovak politician and diplomat Milan Rastislav Štefánik's embroidered shirt was put on display for the first time.

Štefánik, who was voted the greatest Slovak in the poll earlier this year, was born in Košariská, near Brezová pod Bradlom, in 1880.

Apart from the folk costumes exhibition, people could learn more about differences between and history of the two types of folk costumes worn in Kopanice.

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