Marie Anthony Filipova restores folk costumes. At the same time, they try to use historical materials and the actions of our great-grandmothers. Without her skillful hands, some hats and aprons would have crumbled to dust long ago. Although Marie Filipova recently celebrated her 97th birthday, she still enjoys sewing fashion.




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She was born in 1925 in Konogedi. She still remembers how, when she was a little schoolgirl, she saw two girls in costumes preparing for the May Festival. He still remembers the details and colors of their aprons. At the time, she said, the girls looked like princesses.

Sometimes blood flows and tears flow when things are not going well and when it hurts, but it is worth it, says Ms. Filippova in a report by Para Kvapilova

She only started dealing with costume restoration later, when she was about 40 years old, but has since been able to sew and restore dozens of popular costumes. She does not earn her living from sewing, it is her wonderful hobby.

Today Filipova lives in Cologne. “Aunt Filippova is a term in our village of Kolin,” smiles Miroslava Guzova, trade unionist or executive director of the Free Bar Association.

“Without her, we would not be pretty at any event that takes place whether in the open-air Museum Kouřim, the events of the city of Kolín, or at the events of baráčnické. Beautiful costumes, with which Aunt Filipova has been associated for many decades.”

Hard to find original fabrics

Lid repairs tend to be very demanding. The basis of success is patience and honest manual work.

“Everyone should be prepared to lose their nails because the laces are metal. They cut. Work with tweezers. The threads and holes are pulled out very gently and very carefully,” Ms. Filipova shows off the beautiful hat.

Restoring the cover is a major challenge. Works with tweezers and metal threads cut in the fingers | Photo: Barbora Kvapilová | Source: Czech Radio

“Otherwise you will have a knee sprain because you will hit your knee with it. Blood flows and tears flow when it doesn’t work and when it hurts, but it’s worth it.”

Finding the right repair materials can be difficult. Ms. Filipova searched for original materials wherever she could. She did not even hesitate to dig into the container where the old soil waste was dumped. And in the evening, with rubber gloves and a flashlight, she went to look for what could be used for the restoration of the costumes. She said she found treasures there.

During the restoration, they are guided by folk sentiments and customs, which relate, for example, to the bleaching of laundry with rainwater during marigolds. For her hard work, Ms. Filipova was awarded the title of Master of Traditional Handicrafts of Central Bohemia for 2016.

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