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  • A bride in a traditional wedding costume from the region of Lendak, Slovak, kneels before her parents to bid farewell at her wedding, while her groom looks on.
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Bidding Farewell
A bride and Groom in traditional costume, bid their parents goodbye. Lendak, Slovak Socialist Republic, Czechoslovakia, 1987.
Photograph by John Eastcott & Yva Momatiuk.
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Moravia, in what is now the Czech Republic, is world renowned for its rich diversity of traditional dress. Historically, each region celebrated community affiliation with its own distinctive costume. On wedding days, everyone wore his or her best clothes. For brides and grooms, weddings were an opportunity to both pledge fidelity to one another and to express their community fidelity through their costumes.