Museum-to-Muzeum

Ivana Miculka of Valasske Mezirici, Moravia, Czech Republic and Lydia Faust, Snook, Texas, USA model Czech Kroj at the Czech Heritage Museum in Temple, Texas.

Ivana Miculka of Valasske Mezirici, Moravia, Czech Republic and Lydia Faust, Snook, Texas, USA model Czech Kroj at the Czech Heritage Museum in Temple, Texas.

This week, we were honored with a visit from Ivana and Ferdinand Miculka from Valasske Mezirici , Moravia, Czech Republic and Lydia Faust of Snook.  Ivana wore her native kroj and Lydia paired up, wearing her own kroj.

This beautiful style represents the Moravian Wallachia (Czech: Moravské Valašsko or simply Valašsko) region. The blue fabric is called "modrotisk." Originally, it was hand-printed with carved wooden block print stamps by resist method with either wax or resist paste, then dyed in indigo. The Japanese have a very similar fabric-dyeing technique with a 1400-old-history. Modrotisk is the literal translation of the Japanese word for the fabric, aizome, or “blue-print.” It is unclear how these two may be related, but Austro-Hungarian visitors to Japan in the 19th century recognized the similarities and afterward, exhibitions of the Japanese stencils were held in Moravia.

Ivana works at the Muzeum Beskyd in the Hukvaldy Castle at Frýdek-Místek. This is the area where many of the immigrants to Texas called their original home. It's in the beautiful Beskyd Mountains in the northeastern part of the country.

Hukvaldy Castle at Frydek-Mistek, Moravia, Czech Republic

Hukvaldy Castle at Frydek-Mistek, Moravia, Czech Republic

Links:

http://www.muzeumbeskyd.com/english/

https://www.academia.edu/27715450/Japanese_katazome_and_Moravian_modrotisk_Blue_Print_Techniques_in_the_19_th_Century

King and Queen of the Polka!

Stanley and Betty Nemec were recently crowned 2017 King and Queen by P.o.L.K. of A Texas Chapter 1. If you've never seen these two on the dance floor, you have missed out!!! They are frequently featured in showcase performances at In The Mood Ballroom in Temple. These two are always a crowd favorite! They bring high energy, they are skilled dancers and the sparks are always flying with these two lovebirds. But, the best thing to see is that they are just having so much fun! Congrats, Stanley and Betty! 

Stanley and Betty Nemec of Temple were crowned  P.o.L.K. of A Texas Chapter 1 as 2017 King and Queen recently. 

Stanley and Betty Nemec of Temple were crowned P.o.L.K. of A Texas Chapter 1 as 2017 King and Queen recently. 

Find Yourself Here!

Veronika Ratajrkal And Pavel Jurecek

Veronika Ratajrkal and Pavel Jurecek* are students at Masaryk University in Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic. They stopped by the museum while visiting their friends in Waco during Christmas week. They both studied here in Texas a few years ago at McLennan Community College, but had never visited the Czech Heritage Museum.

Both Veronika and Pavel had relatives who had emigrated from Czechoslovakia to the U.S. before WWII and hoped to find some record of them in our library. We weren't able to find information for Pavel, but Veronika found her relatives, including an address listed that is occupied by her family members to this day! She called her father in the Czech Republic, who has been researching the family's history. She said, "This will be the best Christmas present for him!"  

(*this font does not recognize the diacritical marks.)

Celeste Banda

Celeste Banda volunteered at the Museum a few summers ago, while an undergrad at the University of Texas at Austin. She is now working on her master's at Charles University, Prague and stopped in over Christmas to catch us up on her exciting life! She is pictured here with a Josef A. Lada triptych in our gallery. 

Celeste Banda stopped in to see the Josef A. Lada exhibit and catch up with staff. 

Celeste Banda stopped in to see the Josef A. Lada exhibit and catch up with staff.