Traditional Ukrainian costumes for women consist of long skirts, blouses or tunics, head wraps, scarves, or other decorative headdresses, and sashes. These items are richly embroidered with traditional folk motifs. Red is a prominent color in the folk dress of Ukraine.
National Ukrainian Costumes - Traditional Ukrainian Clothing
This variation of Ukrainian national or folk costume shows a different style of headdress, blouse, and embroidered decoration. Traditional Ukrainian clothing may be worn for festivals, special occasions, or holidays. Regional dress is becoming scarcer, and some clothing items have made their way into museums around the world.
Peasant Clothing of Ukraine - Traditional Dress of Ukraine
Ukrainian peasant clothing for males features embroidered white tunics. These are paired with pants. Depicted here is a typical wooden mug attached to the man's belt - probably for drinking kvas or beer.
Bast Shoes - Traditional Ukrainian Peasant Footwear
Bast shoes, one of the oldest types of footwear, have been made and worn for centuries in Ukraine, Russia, and Eastern Europe. They are traditionally made of birch bark, an easily acquired and easily woven material that is used for many other Eastern European folk crafts. Bast shoes can be purchased today as souvenirs at markets, but are not typically worn - they are uncomfortable and impractical.
Ukrainian Embroidery - Embroidered Folk Art from Ukraine
Ukrainian embroidered cloths, called ryshniki, are wonderful souvenirs from Ukraine. The Ukrainian embroidery tradition has its roots in pagan beliefs of protection and ritual. Ukrainian embroidery can decorate ceremonial towels, table linens, and, of course, Ukrainian traditional garments.
Like many other folk art practices throughout Ukraine and Eastern Europe, the Ukrainian embroidery tradition is one that is passed down through families, and regional variants in symbols and color combinations are part of what make this tradition so rich.
Ukrainian Embroidery Design - Authentic Embroidery from Ukraine
This embroidered cloth from Ukraine was created by the photographer. It features a folk motif with typical bright, contrasting colors and a design inspired by nature.
Ceremonial Towel from Ukraine - Rushnyki
This design from a traditional Ukrainian Rushnyk which represents feminine strength, vigor, and fertility. This traditional design is called a rhombus design.
Decorating Ukrainian Eggs - Wax Removal Method
Making Ukrainian eggs is a laborious process. Eggs are decorated using a wax removal method. The designs are drawn onto the egg using a special stylus called a kitska. Then the eggs are dyed. The wax is melted away, leaving the design to show through the dye.
Ukrainian Eggs - Traditional Ukrainian Easter Eggs
These Ukrainian Easter eggs have been decorated and dyed according to a centuries-long tradition that has its roots in pre-Christian Eastern Europe. The designs on Ukrainian eggs celebrate spring, stand for protection, symbolize fertility, honor nature, and ensure good fortune.
Ukrainian Easter and Ukrainian Easter Bread - Paska
Ukrainian Easter bread, or paska, is a tall, cylindrical loaf, usually decorated with extra dough and glazed with egg. These Easter loaves have been iced, instead. Other versions of paska exist elsewhere in Eastern Europe.