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.
Traditional Jewellery in Nineteenth-Century Europe | 2013$35.00
Book Title: Traditional Jewellery in Nineteenth-Century Europe Author: Jane Perry Language(s): English Published: London, UK - 2013 Format & Size: Hardcover - 8.5" x 10" Pages: 144 pages Book Condition: New Condition - in original shrinkwrap Dust Jacket Condition: New Condition Description: Traditional or “ethnic” jewelry worn with traditional or folk costume was highly fashionable in the 19th century and is now enjoying a revival. This book draws together a selection of beautiful pieces, from Iceland in the north to Cyprus off the shores of Asia Minor, to demonstrate the wonderful variety of this “folk” or “peasant” jewelry, made from a wide range of materials. Spectacular examples, many rarely seen and never before published, include gilded Norwegian wedding crowns and extravagant golden crosses from Normandy, ornate earrings from Spain and Italy, and imposing filigree clasps from the Balkans. The book illustrates how the jewelry was originally worn with traditional dress and explores its popularity in the 19th century.
Blueprint Designs from Slovenia | 2000$95.00
Book Title: Modeli za Modrotisk Translation: Blueprint Designs Author: Andrej Dular Language(s): Slovenian and English Published: Ljubljana, Slovenia - 2000 Format & Size: Softcover - 6.25" x 9.25" Pages: 248 Book Condition: Very Good Condition Description: Detailed monograph about blueprint history in Europe and Slovenia specifically with a detailed catalog of woodblocks and blueprint fabric samples and garments from the National Slovenian Ethnography Museum. 212 pages of bilingual text plus 34 pages of photographs of the museum collection. Scarce.
Folk Costumes of the Czech Republic | 2001$110.00
Book Title: Lidove Kroje z Ceske Republiky Translation: Folk Costumes of the Czech Republic Author: Jirina Langhammerova Language(s): Czech Published: Prague, Czech Republic - 2001 Format & Size: Hardcover - 7" x 9.5" Pages: 264 Book Condition: Very Good Description: Scarce book about the folk costumes of the Czech Republic - one of the fundamental reference works on Czech folk dress. The book provides an introduction to regional folk dress and the cultural background, then explains various types of peasant dress (dress for work, festive dress, holiday/wedding dress, and children's dress). The bulk of the book is an overview of Czech costumes by region: Southern Czech costumes, Central Czech costumes, Western Czech costumes, North-Eastern Czech costumes, Eastern Czech costumes, Horacko, Central Moravia, North-Eastern Moravia, Silesia (Slezko), Southern Moravia, & Slovacko. Each of these chapters is broken down by more specific region such Melnicko, Hana, Tesinko, Hornacko, Kyjov, etc. There is also a list of books on costumes, a glossary of Czech terms, and a helpful index. An excellent work devoted to the costumes of the Czech Rep & Moravia. Hundreds of photos, illustrations, diagrams, maps, reproductions of paintings, and much more. At least one image per page, often two or three including some full-page images.
The World of the Boykos: Ethnographic Journey Through the Boyko Lands$60.00
Book Title: Swiat Bojkow: Etnograficzna Podroz po Bojkowszczyznie Translation: The World of the Boykos: Ethnographic Journey Through the Boyko Lands Author: Andrzej Karczmarzewski Language(s): Polish Published: Rzeszow, Poland - 2014 Format & Size: Hardcover - 8.5" x 11.5" Pages: 210 Book Condition: Very Good Condition Description: Beautiful book about the culture, history, arts, and way of life of the Boyko people. The Boykos are a Rusyn people living mainly in the Ukrainian part of the Polish/Slovak/Ukrainian borderlands of the Carpathian Mountains. The book is illustrated with excellent historic and contemporary photos that accompany a rich text describing Boyko culture, religion, holidays, rituals, costume, farming, architecture, and more.
Embroidery from Zhydavchiv | 2019$75.00
Book Title: Vishivka Zhydachivshchini z kolektsii Muzeyu narodnoi arkhitektury ta pobutu u Lvovi Translation: Embroidery from Zhydavchiv from the Collectionof the Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways in Lviv Author: Irina Bachkova Language(s): Ukrainian Published: Lviv, Ukraine - 2019 Format & Size: Hardcover; 12" x 15.25" Pages: 92 Book Condition: Like New Description: Stunning book presenting the traditional folk costumes and embroidery of Zhydavchiv area located in western Ukraine. Illustrated with breathtaking detailed photos of embroidered blouses and other elements of traditional garb. A treat for both embroiderers and enthusiasts of traditional textile art and folk dress.
Gabrovo Sokai Embroideries | 2019$65.00
Book Title: Gabrovski sokaini shevitsi - katalog Translation: Gabrovo Sokai Embroideries - Catalogue Author: Aksinia Bouteva Language(s): Bulgarian and English Published: Gabrovo, Bulgaria - 2019 Format & Size: Hardcover; 9.5" x 12.5" Pages: 80 Book Condition: Like New Description: Beautiful catalog featuring several dozen antique embroidered sokai headdresses from the Gabrovo area of Bulgaria. Useful introductory text in both languages plus detailed captions for each of the presented artifacts. An important reference on this subject and a nice addition to your library.
Women’s Beaded Jewelry of Transcarpathia | 2020$50.00
Book Title: Zhynochy Prikrasy z Biseru na Zakarpatty Translation: Women's Beaded Jewelry of Transcarpathia Author: Vasyl Kotsan Language(s): Ukrainian and English Published: Uzhgorod, Ukraine - 2020 Format & Size: Hardcover; 8.25" x 8.5" Pages: 116 Book Condition: Like New Description: Wonderful book presenting the traditional beaded folk jewelry of the Zakarpattya region of western Ukraine. Divided into ethnographic groups: Dolinians, Hutsuls, Boykos, and Lemkos. Beautifully illustrated with color photos and historic images of women in regional folk costumes. A nice addition to your library.
Costumes of the Polish People: Beskid Highlanders | 1932$120.00
Book Title: Ubiory Ludu Polskiego: Zeszyt III - Gorale Beskidowi Translation: Costumes of the Polish People: Volume III - Beskid Highlanders Author: Seweryn Udziela Language(s): Polish Published: Krakow, Poland - 1932 Format & Size: Softcover; 9.5" x 12.5" Pages: 40 Book Condition: wear and small chips to cover; light wear, but overall quite good Description: Very rare book from 1932 about Polish folk costumes of the Beskid highlanders. Very few copies of this book survive today and it would be a treasure in any Polish history or ethnography collection. While, the book does have some light wear and signs of use, it is still in very good condition considering its age and remains a useful and important historical reference. Scarce and highly recommended.
Folk Costumes of the Matyo | 1956$70.00
Book Title: Matyo Nepviselet Translation: Folk Costumes of the Matyo Author: Istvan Gyorffy Language(s): Hungarian Published: Budapest, Hungary - 1956 Format & Size: Hardcover; 9" x 9.5" Pages: 206 Book Condition: good; laminated cover; split hinges; modern color photo glued to back of title page Description: Beautiful book about the traditional folk costumes of the Matyo people from the Mezokovesd region. Present the regional characteristics and variations of men's and women's dress from the 19th and early 20th century. Illustrated with hundreds of historic black/white photos, drawings of costume elements, and several color plates. Scarce and highly recommended.
Albanian Folk Motifs – Textiles and Needlework | 1959$90.00
Book Title: Albanskiye Narodnyye Motivy Tekstilya i Trikotazha Translation: Albanian Folk Motifs - Textiles and Needlework Author: Ikbal Mustafa Language(s): Russian Published: Tirana, Albania - 1959 Format & Size: Hardcover - 10.5" x 14.25" Pages: 108 Book Condition: generally good; marks and wear to cover; interior very good Description: Very nice collection of 161 traditional weaving and embroidery patterns from Albanian ethnographic textiles and garments. The patterns are bound with string so that the book can be taken apart for ease of reproducing the designs if desired. Beautiful, complete set of designs.
Transylvania Saxon Linen Embroidery | 1979$75.00
Book Title: Siebenburgisch-Sachische Leinenstickereien Translation: Transylvania Saxon Linen Embroidery Author: Emil Sigerus Language(s): German Published: Thaur bei Innsbruck, Austria - 1979 Format & Size: Hardcover - 9.75" x 13" Pages: 42 pattern plates + 8 page intro Book Condition: Very Good - minor damage to cloth binding at base of spine Description: Beautiful collection of traditional folk embroidery patterns from Transylvania. Clear, detailed charts on 42 plates showing various historic cross-stitch motifs from embroidered textiles.
Ukrainian Rushnyks | 1981$20.00
Book Title: Ukrainski Rushniki Translation: Ukrainian Rushnyks Author: Oksana Grabovi Language(s): Ukrainian Published: New York, NY - 1981 Format & Size: Softcover - 11" x 8.5" Pages: 26 Book Condition: Very Good Description: Exhibition catalog about Ukrainian embroidered ritual cloths, called Rushniki (plural; rushnik singular) in Ukrainian. Includes several dozen examples of these cloths in the collection of the Ukrainian Museum. Approximately 30 color and black/white photos of embroidery, historic paintings, icons, etc - related to the Rushnyk.
Black Cotton Embroidered Apron with Birds | Nizny Klatov, Slovakia$285.00
Origin: Slovakia | Myslava region | Nizny Klatov village Era: Early 20th century (circa 1910-1930) Condition: good; some stains; no waist tie ribbons; suitable for both wear and display Measurements 17" across top x 24" long Additional Notes: Traditional man's apron embroidered with floral and bird motifs along with the maker's initials. The edges are trimmed with rare multicolored, handmade bobbin lace. Such aprons were only worn with the most festive folk costumes in this region.
Zdenka Sertic & The Ethnography Museum in Zagreb | 1997$42.00
Book Title: Zdenka Sertic & Etnografski Muzej u Zagrebu Translation: Zdenka Sertic & The Ethnography Museum in Zagreb Author: Ivanka Ivkanec Language(s): Croatian Published: Zagreb, Croatia - 1997 Format & Size: Softcover - 8.25" x 11.5" Pages: 68 Book Condition: very good; minor wear Description: Lovely catalog from the Ethnography Museum in Zagreb presenting works of art by Zdenka Sertic who carefully documented Croatian traditional folk costumes, patterns, and handcrafts. Exhibition catalog illustrated with reproductions of 28 remarkable artworks.
In the Land of the Reindeer | 1974$44.00
Book Title: In the Land of the Reindeer Author: N. Kaplan Language(s): English and Russian Published: Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia - 1974 Format & Size: Hardcover w/ Dust Jacket - 8.25" x 11.75" Pages: 120 Book Condition: very good Dust Jacket Condition: good; light wear; small tears Description: Great book about the traditional folk art of Siberia. Color photos of handicrafts of various native cultures: Dolgan, Evenk, Nennish, Khant, Koryak, Chukchi, Eskimo, Yakut, and more. Illustrations showing fur clothing, ivory carvings, rugs, metalwork and much more.
Hessian Everyday Dress […] from 1925-1935 | 1983$40.00
Book Title: Hessischer Trachtenalltag: Tracht als Spiegel landlicher Lebensweisen 1925-1935 Translation: Hessian Everyday Dress: Costume as a Reflection of Rural Lifestyles 1925-1935 Photos: Margarethe Dieffenbach Language(s): German Published: Frankfurt, Germany - 1983 Format & Size: Hardcover - 5.75" x 8.5" Pages: 320 Book Condition: very good; light wear Description: Excellent book presenting ethnographic photos taken by Margarethe Dieffenbach between 1925-35 of people in traditional dress in the Hesse region of Germany, which includes the costumes of Marburg, Hinterlandes, Schwalm, Niederhessen, Schlizer, Odenwald, Wetterau, and Huttenberg. The photos show children, women and men in traditional clothing from each of these parts of Hesse. Includes everyday dress and holiday costumes. A treasure for anyone interested in German ethnic dress as it was worn to work, school, around the house, to church, and for holidays. A detailed publication with priceless photographic documentation.