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Catalog Number 13294-5
Title Apron, Kroj; Black, Orange and Yellow Embroidery
Object Name Apron
Description Black apron with a pleated waistline. Orange embroidered border in a floral and stripe pattern runs along hem with a wider vine and leaf patterned yellow embroidered border just above. White scalloped lace edging on hem. Ties are made of black twill tape.

Inside the proper right waistband seam a tag in Czech identifies the material type, 100% bavlna (cotton). A small fabric label inside left center of the waistband reads "Evelyn Caha's Kroje."
Year Range from 1980
Year Range to 2000
Material Cotton/Thread
Place of Origin Slovakia
Length (in) 34.25
Width (in) 17.25
People Caha, Evelyn
Other Name Kroj
History A kroj (plural kroje) is a traditional Czechoslovakian folk costume usually made up of a blouse, skirt or overdress, vest, and apron. Colors, fabrics, and decoration vary. Blouse sleeves are usually very full and skirts are gathered or pleated. This kroj belonged to Evelyn Caha.

Evelyn Caha, born circa 1926, is the daughter of Frank and Rose (Ruzicka) Caha. Rose immigrated to the U.S. from Czechoslovakia at a very young age. The family lived near Ceresco, where Frank was engaged in farming.

Evelyn received her Bachelor of Science degree, Master's degree, and Ph.D from the University of Nebraska. She received several scholarships and was also the recipient of an Exchange Scholarship to the Charles University at Prague, Czechoslovakia, where she was enrolled in the Philosophical Faculty. After the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, she continued her interest in her ancestral country by helping many Czechoslovakian and east European refugees resettle in Nebraska. In the early 1990s, Evelyn organized the Czech community in protest against the possible discontinuation of the Czech language program at UNL.

Evelyn often loaned her kroje to UNL students for dances and festivals, which is why each is labeled with her name.
Credit line In Memory of Frank Caha and Family, Ceresco, Nebraska, donated by daughter Evelyn Caha