Lithuanian National Sashes

On the occasion of

Lithuania’s Millennium and Vilnius - European Capital of Culture 2009

The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania

proudly presents

Lithuanian National Sashes

by Antanina Didzgalviene

February 17 – March 21, 2009


Monday to Friday

10 am to 3 pm

Free admission

Embassy of Lithuania

2622 16th Street, NW,

Washington, DC 20009

About Lithuanian National Saches

National sashe (juosta) is a traditional and ancient branch of Lithuanian folk art that lately has been reviving. Sashes are produced by twisting, twining and weaving techniques. Sashes are known in Lithuania since the 4th century.

Several score of motifs were used in sashes. Symbols of the celestial bodies predominate, such as crosses, stars, and very often a six-pointed star in a rhombus. Frequent are the motifs of fir-tree, blossom, bud, rake, and tree of life.

Saches are used as a waist girdle in the national costume, to make women's headpieces, as bookmarks, neckties, accent pieces, and also widened into table runners. At present sashes, very often with woven-in words, are used to honor people on the occasion of their birthdays, or to welcome an honorable guest.

Antanina Didzgalviene was born in Lithuania (Dzukija) in 1920. Antanina weaves Lithuanian saches since 1968. She is a member of the Lithuanian Folk Craft Union and has exhibited her work in Latvia, Poland, Russia, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and the United States.


Embassy of Lithuania

Washington DC