National Geographic : 1918 Dec
THE CROATIAN PEASANTS ARE ESPECIALLY FOND OF OUTWARD SHOW Wedding processions, such as that shown in this photograph, afford opportunity for the display of all the finery of the countryside. The native costume is distinguished by a wealth of stitchery. The influence of the East is indicated in the white garments loosely fashioned. Physically, the Croatian is a tall, strong, clean-looking individual, with steel-blue eyes and straight, fair hair (see page 486). A CROATIAN WEDDING PROCESSION, ACCOMPANIED STRINGED ORCHESTRA Photographs by Erdelyi BY A PERIPATETIC In twenty years, from 1880 to Igoo, the Croats increased in number by 33 per cent, due to a low death rate and a very high marriage and birth rate. Like all South Slavic peoples, there is a large preponderance of male over female children in Croatian families.