Collection focuses on items that were woven or embroidered such as clothing, rushnyky, tapestries, weavings and kylyms
This is a close-up of a collar of a man’s shirt from late 19th / early 20th century Rusky Banyliv village, Bukovyna province (Ukraine). In traditional Ukrainian symbolism, the rhombus represents fertility, birth and seeding. It is associated with the harrow, which prepares the soil for seeding. Many harrows are comprised of a plethora of rhombuses in their structure. Fittingly, this motif has several diamonds or rhombs within it.
Mixed Table Display
This table display features:1) a motanka representing Kyiv oblast by Yuriy Melnychuk; 2) a costume from Verkhovyna district, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Hutsul region, that has a linen sorochka and linen peremitka with multicolored embroidery (namely satin stitch), woven belt (kraika) and 2-piece skirt (zapaska); 3) a wedding kylym from Poltava with two birds; 4) two embroidered ceremonial towels (rushnyky) featuring tree of life motifs, one of which is a wedding rushnyk with birds; 5) the back-left side of a Sniatyn district, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Pokuttia region bouse and sheepskin vest (kyptar) are at the far left on the table; 6) a child in full Yavoriv district (Lviv oblast) costume is in the far right background.
This back of the Yavoriv district (Lviv oblast) outfit features a black kabat with floral satin stitch, stem stitch, yellow chain stitch and some pink ric-rac; a pink kraika (woven belt), and a vertically striped linen-cotton skirt called a spidnytsia-shorts.
This table display features a Yuriy Melnychuk motanka from Horodenka district, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Pokuttia region in a wedding headdress; a tapestry (kylym) on the table from the Hutsul region; a cross stitched cushion (podushka); a long narrow tablecloth (skatert) from Nazirna village, Kolomyia district, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast; and a small wooly bed cover (lizhnyk) from the Hutsul region with green and orange highlights.
This cuff of a woman’s dodilna sorochka (full-length chemise) from Bukovyna features satin stitch.
The khustka from Yavoriv district, Lviv oblast is cross stitched in a traditional design from the first half of the 20th century.
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