The Lithuanian Folk Arts Institute

Recently we photographed a small selection of Lithuanian National Costumes, or  Tautiniai Rubai for the Lithuanian Folk Arts Institute. This was for an ongoing project which aims to document and archive these intricate handmade garments in order to pass on traditional weaving techniques to future generations. Since these clothes are generally made entirely from scratch and without the aid of preexisting patterns, it is essential to have this type of archive for future generations of weavers to reference. 

The main emphasis of this project was to accurately reproduce color, show pattern repeats on the garment, and make thread counts visible for reference. We constructed a large light tent to produce consistent and even light, and for lensing we chose the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro on the 5D MK3 body.

These beautiful pieces were a real pleasure to photograph, and we are thrilled to be a part of such an important initiative.