Firstly, I love my country and its regional richness - every region in Poland has it's own tradition and historical costumes. Of course they're somehow coherent and based on Slavic style and way of living. But at the same time each region had developed it's own weaving pattern, it's own shapes and cuts and it's own details. A few months ago I did some research on Southern-East (region called Lubelszczyzna) and I found at least 5 different styles (pictured below) so I cannot even imagine the vastness of inspiration hidden in the whole country.
Secondly, the world doesn't end on my closest surroundings but includes uncountable amount of other cultures! Thought, for the purpose of the project I decided to do some digging and to open my mind on regions I've never ever thought before. I started exploring Africa and what I found first was the Maasai people. But to be perfectly candid, they're quite well known over the world and taking their culture into consideration while doing my project would be a bit cliché. So I decided to browse deeper and I found Southern African people called Ndebele. And they are awesome! What they wear and how they decorate their houses is unbelievable! The sense of style is very graphic, based on geometrical black frames fullfilled with wide range of colors, extremly matching and synchronized all together.
I noticed some similar elements in the style of Maasai and Ndebele people as wide neck jewellery similar to collars, ankle wide bracelets, ponchos etc. So I decided to mix those to South-Eastern African cultures on my moodboard and I did few sketches. My further development will show if the direction I've chosen is ok. I'm also not sure if what I did is politically correct, but I hope that if it isn't, in the name of art it will be forgiven to me.