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"Bamberki Wielkopolska"( women of Bamberg descent) took pride in their extraordinarily wide double and triple lined skirts sewn from five widths of material. They were too wide for their owners to fit on tram seats!

Regional Groups

These people take their name from Bamberg in Bavaria, from where their forebears they came to move into the war ravaged villages around Poznań during the first half of the 18th century.

Several villages in the parishes of Domachowo and Krobia, which once belonged to the bishops of Poznań, are concentrated in this region. These are Skorzyn, Bukownica, Stara Krobia, Domachowo, Rębowo, Żychlewo, Wymysłów, Sułkowice, Posadowo, Potarzyca, Grabinowo, Chumiętki and Krobia.

Chazy is a region in the south of Wielopolska which takes in several villages around Rawicz in the Orla River basin, viz. Łąkta, Stwolno, Stworowo, Ugoda, Wydawy, Zawady and Zielona Wieś.

This region is wedged in between Wielkopolska, the Tuchola Forest and the Kashubian region with the Noteć River forming its southern boundary. This large tract was part of Germany until the end of WWII.

German settlers and prisoners of war vigorously colonised inhabited areas between the 12th and 14th centuries. The growth of the native Wielopolska population between the 15th and 17th centuries led these settlements to expand outwards and cultivate areas that had once been forests.

Pałuki is a region on the border of Wielkopolska and Kujavia. This location has given rise to a fascinating and diversified culture which has, however, been steadily waning since WWII.

The Polish Tatars are an intriguing group in the otherwise religiously and culturally homogeneous region that is Wielopolska. They live in Trzcianka, a town in the north of our region, where they came after WWII.