The Kujawiak is a Polish folk dance from the region of Kujawy in central Poland. It is one of the five national dances of Poland, the others being the krakowiak, mazurka, oberek, and polonaise.

The name "kujawiak", as a reference to the dance, first appeared in 1827, in T.F. Jaskólski's composition "Pasterze na Bachorzy. Sielanki Kujawskie". It is argued that the dance was developed from the mazur between 1750 and 1830.

The kujawiak was originally danced "with a calm dignity and simplicity, in a smooth flowing manner. The dancers would perform in pairs, whirling along a circle, led by a leader or leading pair. It was commonly danced during weddings and village dance parties. The kujawiak is characterized by its sentimental, melancholic melody.

The kujawiak is often performed in the "Lowicz" costume on stage, with many colorful, woven patterns and ornate embroidery. The colorful stripes on the women's skirts and aprons and the men's pants, called "pasiak", represent the farmers' fields.

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