Polish Christmas baubles are a hit
It was 1847 when Hans Greiner from Lauscha in southern Germany made the first bauble. He could not afford to hang fruit and nuts on his own Christmas tree, as traditionally dictated, so he decided to create the decorations himself. As he worked in glass manufacturing, he blew out glass balls, which he later placed on a Christmas tree. The idea appealed so much to the glass producer that it started the manufacture of baubles on a larger scale. 🎄
Although the Chinese are the largest producers of Christmas decorations in the world, Poles are also doing very well. Native producers have found a niche – premium products in the form of glass, handmade balls. 👼
Foreign customers account for a majority of demand. The largest manufacturer of glass Christmas ornaments in Poland (employs approx. 300 people, produces 100,000 baubles a day, 2 million a month, over 20 million a year). Vitbis from Złotoryja, in existance since 1952, sends over 60 percent of its production abroad. “Most of our ornaments go primarily to the United States and Western Europe – mainly Germany, France and Great Britain. We are also popular on Eastern markets, including Russia. Recently, we have orders even from Japan” cites Janusz Prus, president of Vitbisu. Baubles from Złotoryja are sent, among others, to the chain of exclusive Bloomingdale’s department stores in the USA, to Harrods in London, as well as to the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. 🦌
Another company, Silverado from Józefów near Warsaw, is also internationally known. “We send 90 percent of our production to the United States. We supply, among others, the Neiman Marcus luxury department store chain. Many show business stars also have our baubles – Oprah Winfrey or Elton John. They even hung at the White House in Washington ” says Magdalena Słodyczka, co-owner of Silverado.- Poland has great handicrafts, and the “made in Poland” tag matters. Foreign recipients want it to be on the baubles they are ordering.
The higher prices for Polish baubles are largely due to the tedious and complicated production process. All baubles must pass through several pairs of hands before they reach the box. ” We make and decorate them by hand, according to old methods. First, the employee, using a special glass tube heated to 1100-1200 degrees, blows out a ball or other selected shape. Then he pushes natural silver baubles inside, and covers it with the selected paint color from the outside. Then it is decorated, e.g. with patterns, tinsel and amber. Finally, the bauble should be cut off and put on the so-called cap, thanks to which you can hang it on the Christmas tree. Depending on the complexity of the decoration, one person can make 10 to several hundred pieces a day. 🎄🦌👼
Contrary to popular belief, the production of baubles is not a seasonal business. Most companies work all year round. – We are also preparing orders for next year. The largest production, however, falls on the holiday period.
The bauble business must adapt to all markets. Residents of different countries prefer different styles of holiday decorations. For example, cucumbers are sent to the American market – these on the Christmas tree supposedly ensure material success in the following year. For French – frogs that are kissed before Christmas Eve dinner. Russia is splendor – there are richly decorated baubles, including with Swarovski stones.
And what baubles this year will be the most fashionable on Polish Christmas trees? – “We are leaving Christmas trees decorated uniformly. Many-colored, multi-colored baubles are becoming more and more popular. As it was several dozen years ago, for our grandparents” reveals the head of Vitbis.