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NCSML presents "Crowning Glory: A Feast of Slovak & Moravian Headdresses" (exhibit on display now)

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NCSML presents "Crowning Glory: A Feast of Slovak & Moravian Headdresses" (exhibit) – from the Baine/Cincebeaux Collection of Slovak & Czech Folk Dress & Folk Art

August 28, 2021 – February 27, 2022

Where: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Exhibit: Crowning Glory: A Feast of Slovak & Moravian Headdresses, from the Baine/Cincebeaux Collection of Slovak & Czech Folk Dress & Folk Art

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Slovak and Moravian folk dress (kroje) is stunning, with each piece more beautiful than the last. A full kroj is made up of many components, including skirts, aprons, vests, and sashes. Each region and village may have a different style of folk dress. This exhibit will focus on the crowning glory: the headdress. Nearly 100 Slovak and Moravian headdresses will be on display. Hours of labor and generations of meaning, mystique, and creativity are infused in each treasured heirloom.

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Many of the most elaborate headdresses are actually bridal caps. Some caps are embellished with mirrors as an added protection against evil – if a jealous villager shoots the “evil eye” at the bride, the evil will hit the mirror and go back to the sender. Others have intricate beadwork in a range of colors and shapes, while another style exhibits silk flowers and yards of embroidered ribbon. An important part of the wedding rites occurs when the bride is “capped.” Her bridal headdress is ceremonially removed by her mother, godmother, or bridesmaids and replaced with a cap or headscarf that signifies her status as a married woman.


Helene Cincebeaux and her mother, Helen Zemek Baine, spent five decades visiting villages in Slovakia. They were invited into homes to see beautiful hand decorated textiles as well as hear fascinating stories, memories, and legends behind the pieces. Their purchases on these trips led to the Baine-Cincebeaux Collection of Slovak Folk Dress and Folk Art. The collection has more than 5,000 pieces and has been exhibited all over the United States and the world.

NOTE!  Special events scheduled for Saturday, September 18: gallery tours, a presentation of the history and variety of headdresses in Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia by Helene Cincebeaux, and a "parade of kroje".  See more about Helene's guided tour here.
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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

1400 Inspiration Place SW

Cedar Rapids, IA  52404

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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library 1400 Inspiration Place SW Cedar Rapids, IA  52404