Ceramic tiles

Patterns of the Kociewie region

Written by Julietta Torbus

The cats were famous for their traditional embroidery patterns, but at one point, this design was almost completely blurred. The reason for this is the development of the textile industry and the supply of cheaper mechanically adorned fabrics to the market.

Ethnographers and people researching Polish folk culture were closer to a more popular region – Kashubia than to Kociewie. Some aspects of Kociewiecie design and culture were irretrievably lost.

   Attempts to recreate Kociewie design

The end of the sixties and the beginning of the seventies is an attempt to resurrect the Kociewie embroidery. This was done by two ladies, Maria Wespa (Wespowa) from Morzeszczyna and Małgorzata Garysz (Garyszkowa) from Pączew. These two Kociewie women started the laborious reconstruction work. Their activities consisted in examining flags and flags and other utility fabrics. They checked the ornamentation, colours, symbolism, and talked to older residents of Kociewo villages.

Colours in Kociewska patterns

Both ladies have developed their own designs on the basis of their research. Maria has 7 basic colours, these are:


Mrs Malgorzata, on the other hand, has as many as 13 basic colours, and these are the ones:

light brown,
dark brown,
light blue.

As you can see above, black is not very popular in Kashubian design in both women.

Embroidery of the Kocietzes

Mrs Maria and Mrs Małgorzata, having at their disposal the scarves, caps, napkins and tablecloths they received in the course of their research, slowly began to draw a pattern of Kociewie’s embroidery. They added a bit of their inventiveness and creativity to the basic patterns and so they were created in 1978-1980 by the Kashubian-Pomeranian Association Teki with Kociewski patterns. Kociewski embroidery is characterized by flowers – tulips, daisies, modraki; berries, leaves, buds and stems.

Tiles with a Kocievian pattern

Tiles with a cat’s pattern will be produced in Mexico especially for Cerames. Traditional Mexican workmanship and design inspired by Polish folklore bring a lightning, amazing mix.

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