Welcome to Ellis Island Vintage, a unique collection of historic ethnic clothing from the homes of our ancestors.
Our mission is to preserve traditional forms of clothing worn throughout the rural regions of Europe by making them available to discerning collectors worldwide. By focusing exclusively on this niche of fashion history, we are able to provide unsurpassed customer service in the field of traditional European dress. Our selection of vintage and antique garments has been personally selected and sourced from remote villages, antique markets, and fine collections on both sides of the Atlantic. Every item we sell is guaranteed authentic and is presented with accurate historical information based on 20 years of experience and ethnographic research.
You will also find a wide range of specialized reference books and postcards related to ethnic fashion, folk jewelry, and traditional textiles from around the world. We invite you to browse our selection and join the growing number of museums, fashion designers, private collectors, textile enthusiasts, and cultural institutions already investing in these one-of-a-kind treasures.
Folk Costumes of Romanians in Serbian Banat | 1973$130.00
Book Title: Narodna nosna Rumuna u jugoslovenskom Banatu Translation: Folk Costumes of Romanians in Yugoslavian Banat Author: Mirjana Maluckov Language(s): Serbo-Croatian Published: Novi Sad, Serbia - 1973 Format & Size: Softcover - 7" x 8.75" Pages: approx. 300 Book Condition: good; wear to cover; owner's name on first page Description: Scarce book about the traditional folk costumes of the Romanian ethnic minority in the Banat region of Serbian Vojvodina. The Banat region, which is divided mostly between Romania and Serbia, was home to some of the most lavish folk costumes of Europe with their extensive use of metallic embroidery, coins, and expensive fabrics. This book looks at the relatively unknown costumes of the Romanian population of Serbia living to the north and south of Uzdin, the most famous of the Romanian villages in the region. 160 pages of text with line drawings of garment construction followed by 151 black/white photos documenting the folk dress and local population. Only 1,000 copies published.
Folk Costumes of the Western Boykos | 2017$90.00
Book Title: Narodne Vbraniya Zakhidnoyi Boikivshchini Translation: Folk Costumes of the Western Boykos Author: Natalia Klyashtorna Language(s): Natalia Klyashtorna Published: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine - 2017 Format & Size: Hardcover - 8.25" x 11.75" Pages: 86 Book Condition: like new Description: An interesting overview of Boyko folk dress from the western parts of the Boyko region in Ukraine and Poland. Illustrated with historic photos as well as color images showing the local dress, embroidery motifs, and garments typical of the region.
Ukrainian Folk Weaving | 2004$165.00
Book Title: Ukrainska Narodna Tkanina Translation: Ukrainian Folk Weaving Author: Olena Nikorak Language(s): Ukrainian Published: Lviv, Ukraine - 2004 Format & Size: Hardcover - 8.25" x 11.75" Pages: 584 Book Condition: good; interior hinges have been reinforced; small bumps to cover corners and edges Description: This book deals with the traditional woven domestic textiles from the western regions of Ukraine. A detailed look at a variety of woven table covers, icon towels, blankets, kilims, pillows, and much more. Illustrated with black/white and color photos.g
Traditional Dress of Bukovyna | 1994$75.00
Book Title: Bukovynskyy Tradytsiynyy Odyah Translation: Traditional Dress of Bukovyna Author: Yaroslava Kozholianko Language(s): Ukrainian and English Published: Saskatoon, Canada - 1994 Format & Size: Hardcover - 6.5" x 6.75" Pages: 262 Book Condition: good; former owner's name inside front cover Description: Detailed book about the traditional folk costumes of northern Bukovyna, the part found in modern-day Ukraine. The book explores the subject from ancient times to the 20the century and presents numerous aspects related to folk dress including the fabrication process, techniques, symbols, jewelry, and more. Illustrated with black/white and color photos of full costumes as well as individual garments.
Traditional Ukrainian Head Coverings | 1993$100.00
Book Title: Tradytsiyni Holovni Ubory Ukrayintsiv Translation: Traditional Ukrainian Head Coverings Author: H.H. Stelmashchuk Language(s): Ukrainian Published: Kyiv, Ukraine - 1993 Format & Size: Hardcover w/ Dust Jacket - 6" x 8.75" Pages: 238 Book Condition: very good; minor aging Dust Jacket Condition: very good Description: Scarce book about Ukrainian headdresses and other elements of folk costume worn on the head. Looks at both women's and men's clothing from the many ethnographic regions of the Ukraine. Color and black/white images of shawls, head wreaths, caps, hats, wraps, wedding headdresses, namitka, and more. A detailed study on the subject and an indispensable reference.
Ukrainian Decorative Woven Fabrics and Kilims | 2005$150.00
Book Title: Dekoratyvni Tkanyny ta Kylymi Ukrayiny Translation: Ukrainian Decorative Woven Fabrics and Kilims Author: S.H. Nechiporenko Language(s): Ukrainian Published: Kyiv, Ukraine - 2005 Format & Size: Hardcover - 6.75" x 9.5" Pages: 432 Book Condition: good; small bumps to corners Description: Fantastic book presenting hundreds of designs and patterns from traditional Ukrainian woven textiles. An incredible variety of geometric motifs from all types of Ukrainian textiles including kilims, domestic linen cloths, icon towels, and wool sashes.
The Folk Bodice from Cieszyn Region | 1930$280.00
Book Title: Zywotek cieszynski ze studiow nad strojem i haftem ludowym Translation: The Bodice from Cieszyn Region: Research about Folk Costumes and Embroidery Author: Agnieszka Dobrowolska Language(s): Polish Published: Katowice, Poland - 1930 Format & Size: Softcover - 8" x 11" Pages: 40 + 42 plates Book Condition: good; wear and tears to cover/spine; interior very good Description: Scarce book about the traditional folk costumes of Cieszyn region with primary emphasis on the embroidered bodices of the region called "zywotek". The book consists of a text section followed by a collection of 42 plates with photos of these antique Silesian corsets. As the book was published in 1930, all of the examples presented come from the 19th and early 20th century and highlight the wealthy ornamentation of these elaborate garments. There is wear and tears to the covers, but given the age and scarcity of this publication it is in exceptionally good condition.
Kurpie Regional Embroidery | 1936$75.00
Book Title: Hafty Kurpiowskie Translation: Kurpie Regional Embroidery Author: Sweryn Udziela Language(s): Polish with short French and German summaries Published: Krakow, Poland - 1936 Format & Size: Softcover - 9" x 11.75" Pages: 12 + 10 pattern sheets Book Condition: taped repairs to cover/spine; expected aging to pages; interior good Description: Scarce book about the traditional folk embroidery of the Kurpie region in central Poland. Includes 4 black/white photographs in the text plus 10 loose sheets of embroidery designs. Few copies of this important work survive and despite the torn covers the book remains in generally good condition.
Krakow Region Folk Costumes and Patterns | 1930$200.00
Book Title: Ludowe stroje krakowskie i ich kroj Translation: Krakow Region Folk Costumes and Patterns Author: Seweryn Udziela Language(s): Polish Published: Krakow, Poland - 1930 Format & Size: Softcover - 9" x 12" Pages: 60 pages + 32 color plates + 47 drawing plates + 2 large folded pattern sheets Book Condition: tears and stains on cover; small tear to one pattern sheet; expected signs of age Description: Exceptional, early publication devoted to the traditional folk costumes of the Krakow region of Poland. Presents the history, development and varieties of Krakow peasant dress. The book comes with sewing patterns for making various garments for both men's and women's costumes (never been used). The book also contains 34 watercolor illustrations, historic black/white photos and 47 plates of drawings. There is some wear to the coved, but the book remains in generally good condition considering its age. This book is very collectible and difficult to find - a scarce early publication on the topic.
Folk Jewelry of Krakow | 1935$75.00
Book Title: Krakowskie Klejnoty Ludowe Translation: Folk Jewelry of Krakow Author: Tadeusz Seweryn Language(s): Polish with German summary Published: Krakow, Poland - 1935 Format & Size: Softcover - 9" x 11.75" Pages: 36 Book Condition: tears and wear to cover spine; interior excellent Description: Scarce book published in Poland in 1935 about the traditional folk jewelry worn with the Krakow folk costume during the 19th and early 20th century. There are 35 pages of text, which include black/white photos and illustrations along with a German summary. In addition, there are 3 tipped-in color plates showcasing the gold and silver jewelry in full color. Many images and description of crosses, rings, necklaces, cuff links, earrings, pins, etc. A valuable resource.
Macedonian Bridal Costumes | 1983$30.00
Book Title: Macedonian Bridal Costumes Author: Carol Silverman Language(s): English Published: Oregon - 1983 Format & Size: Softcover - 11" x 8.5" Pages: 18 Book Condition: very good Description: Informative booklet presenting a selection of bridal folk costumes from Macedonia. Includes costumes from the following regions: Bitola, Mariovo, Galicnik, Smilevo, Drenok, Skopska Blatija.
Folk Costumes and Clothing in Vogtland | 2014$75.00
Book Title: Tracht und Kleidung im Vogtland - aus Truhen und alten Schriften vorwiegend des 19. Jahrhunderts Translation: Folk Costumes and Clothing in Vogtland - from Chests and Old Writings from before the 19th Century Author: Isolde Sternitzky Language(s): German Published: 2014 Format & Size: Softcover - 8" x 8" Pages: 176 Book Condition: excellent Description: Excellent, researched book about the traditional folk dress of Vogtland region of Germany. Illustrated with color and historic black/white photos.
Ukrainian Embroidery Techniques | 1984$135.00
Book Title: Ukrainsky Stiby Translation: Ukrainian Embroidery Techniques Author: Tania Daikiw O'Neill Language(s): Ukrainian and English Published: Mountaintop, PA - 1984 Format & Size: Hardcover - 11.25" x 8.75" Pages: 160 Book Condition: very good Description: Scarce and highly coveted publication about Ukrainian embroidery techniques from different parts of Ukraine. Carefully charted with useful diagrams and tips for each type of regional stitch. Supplemented with photos of embroidered garments and textiles both from Ukraine and the diaspora. A welcome addition to your collection.
Goddess Embroideries of the Balkan Lands and the Greek Islands | 1999$165.00
Book Title: Goddess Embroideries of the Balkan Lands and the Greek Islands Author: Mary Kelly Language(s): English Published: New York - 1999 Format & Size: Softcover - 8.5" x 11" Pages: 182 Book Condition: good; faint crease mark on cover; light wear Description: Interesting study of traditional motifs and designs in Balkan and Greek embroidered textiles. Looks at the development of symbols and rituals from ancient early times and the use of these designs in traditional textiles of the 19th and 20th century in Bulgaria, Greece, Crete, Ukraine, Romania, Macedonia and related eastern European cultures. Illustrated primarily with drawings and a handful of photographs.
The Costumes of the Protestant Sorbs in Bautzen | 1979$75.00
Book Title: Serbske Narodne Drasty / Sorbische Volkstrachten - Die Tracht der evangelischen Sorben des Bautzener Landes Translation: Sorbian Folk Costumes - The Costumes of the protestant Sorbs in Bautzen Region Author: Blasius Nawka Language(s): Sorbian & German Published: Budysin/Bautzen, Germany - 1979 Format & Size: Hardcover w/ Dust Jacket - 7.75" x 8.75" Pages: 148 Book Condition: very good Dust Jacket Condition: small tears; light wear Description: Very nice book about the traditional folk costume of the Sorbs in Budysin/Bautzen area of Saxony. This minority ethnic group has maintained its traditional Slavic culture and costumes while living in Germany. The book looks specifically at the costumes from the region around Budysin/Bautzen. Includes 95 black/white and color photos of the regional costumes, both complete outfits being worn and individual elements. Part of a larger series about Sorbian folk costumes throughout Germany.
The Costumes of the Sorbs in Cottbus | 1991$75.00
Book Title: Serbske Narodne Drasty / Sorbische Volkstrachten - Die Tracht der Sorben um Cottbus Translation: Sorbian Folk Costumes - The Costumes of the Sorbs in Cottbus Author: Martin Nowak-Neumann, Lotar Balke Language(s): Sorbian & German Published: Budysin/Bautzen, Germany - 1964/1991 Format & Size: Hardcover w/ Dust Jacket - 7.75" x 8.75" Pages: 320 Book Condition: very good Dust Jacket Condition: light wear Description: Very nice book about the traditional folk costume of the Sorbs in Cottbus in Brandenburg. This minority ethnic group has maintained its traditional Slavic culture and costumes while living in Germany. The book looks specifically at the costumes from the Cottbus area, one of the most well-known Sorbian enclaves. Includes 299 black/white and color photos of the regional costumes, both complete outfits being worn and individual elements. Part of a larger series about Sorbian folk costumes throughout Germany.