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Sarah Middlebrook
models an original Moravian kroj

This kroj was brought to Texas in 1973 and is over 90 years old.

Sarah is proudly wearing this kroj in honor of her great-great-great grandfather, Frantisek Skopik, born in Moravia.

For more info on Czech kroj and costumes, be sure to
check out their website at:

czechcostumes.blogspot.com


2006 Miss Czech-Slovak USA
Sarah Middlebrook
 

  The above photo is Sarah Middlebrook, in 2006 when she was named the 2006 Miss Czech-Slovak USA Queen in Wilber, Nebraska.

The following is the description of this exquisite costume that was used in the modeling portion of the Miss Czech-Slovak USA pageant: “Sarah is modeling an authentic Moravian kroj from the village of Kyjov. This kroj was brought to Texas in 1973 and is over 90 years old. Sarah is proudly wearing this kroj in honor of her great-great-great grandfather, Frantisek Skopik, born in Moravia.

The full skirt is delicately embroidered with colorful flowers and is heavily gathered. The beautifully adorned skirt is worn over white gathered petticoats hemmed with hand-made lace and is worn heavily starched to give additional fullness. Sarah's kroj is worn with a multi-colored embellished sash wrapped at the waist for additional enhancement.

The lovely white cotton blouse has embroidered black designs on the beautiful puffed sleeves that has been edged with handmade lace. The focal point of the kroj is the ornately detailed vest of silk brocade. The vest features embroidered designs with colorful sequins, glass beads, bugle-beads and metallic braids to further enhance the vest outline. You will notice on the back of the vest are three circled designs. The circled designs represent the village of Kyjov in Moravia. The kroj is accented with a scarf of matching black, hand cut lace, gathered with a beautiful Bohemian Garnet brooch. Sarah is wearing a garnet ring and earrings, also from the Czech Republic.

Sarah's headdress is a wreath of colorful flowers with ribbon streamers flowing down the back. This signifies that Sarah is a single young woman. Sarah accents the kroj with black leather boots.”
 

 

Sharon Middlebrook
continues the tradition of making Czech kroj 

Antique, authentic costumes are getting harder to find
and
 even harder to purchase. 

So, Sharon Middlebrook decided to try and make a
reproduction of the 
costume her daughter Sarah
wore as 2006 Miss Czech-Slovak USA Queen.

Sarah is pictured here in the reproduction that they are making.

For more info on Czech kroj and costumes, be sure to
check out their website at:

czechcostumes.blogspot.com


Sarah Middlebrook 

   

Here is the description of the reproduction kroj: “The skirt Sarah is wearing today was made by her mother, Sharon Middlebrook. You will notice that it is delicately hand-embroidered with colorful flowers and is heavily gathered. The waist band of the skirt is a colorful ribbon from the Czech Republic and is trimmed with gold braid sewn on by hand.

The beautifully adorned skirt is worn over white gathered petticoats and is worn heavily starched to give additional fullness. Sarah's kroj is worn with a multi-colored embellished sash made from ribbon from the Czech Republic and wrapped at the waist for additional enhancement.

The apron is made of black polished cotton and is hand embroidered and edged with delicate lace. In the Czech Republic, young ladies would embroider their aprons by completing one row of flowers at a time. You will notice that the bottom row of flowers are simple designs and as the apron is completed, the designs get larger and more elaborate. Sarah and her mother have plans to finish the apron with another row of flowers from Texas including bluebonnets, yellow roses and Indian paintbrushes. The apron is edged with a zig-zag stitch that was believed to keep away evil spirits.

The lovely white cotton blouse has embroidered black designs on the beautiful puffed sleeves. The collar on the blouse is decorated with trim from the Czech Republic. Sarah accents the blouse with a beautiful Bohemian garnet brooch The embroidery on the blouse, alone, took over 500 hours to complete.

The focal point of a Kyjov kroj is the ornately detailed vest of silk brocade. This vest was made by Sarah and her mother. The vest features hand-embroidered designs with 1600 colorful sequins, 3500 beads from the Czech Republic and metallic braids to further enhance the vest outline. You will notice on the back of the vest are three circled designs. The circled designs represent the village of Kyjov in Moravia. Also, on the back you will see yellow roses. These were included to honor Sarah’s home state, Texas.

Sarah's mother is now working on the embroidery on the scarf to wear at the collar. So far, this costume has taken over 2000 hours to produce and is a fine example of a new costume patterned after the authentic Kyjov costumes.

Sarah's headdress is a wreath of colorful flowers with ribbon streamers flowing down the back. This signifies that Sarah is a single young woman. Sarah accents the kroj with black leather boots.”

 

 


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