Collection Themes

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Religious Byzantine Artifacts

Collection includes artifacts such as icons, priests’ vestments, chalices, crosses and other liturgical objects

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Folk Arts

Collection features folk arts and crafts of various regions of Ukraine including jewelry, decorative wood objects, pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs), straw weavings, ceramics, toys, and ceremonial breads

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Textiles

Collection focuses on items that were woven or embroidered such as clothing, rushnyky, tapestries, weavings and kylyms

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Fine Arts

Collection includes items such as paintings, sculptures and other arts works by artists from Ukraine, Canada, Europe and the United States.

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Pioneer Artifacts

Collection includes items reflecting the lives of Canada’s early Ukrainian settlers — photos, documents, agricultural implements, and household utensils

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Featured Items

Collar close-up

This is a close-up of a collar of a man’s shirt from Ruskyi Banyliv, Bukovyna. It is likely late 19th and early 20th century traditional Bukovynian clothing.

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.

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Semenivka Chemise

Part of a woman’s chemise (“dodilna sorochka”) featuring white, red and black satin stitch, a kerchief (“khustka”) with woven red and black geometric design, and a  woven red, green, purple and white belt (“kraika”) all from Semenivka district in northern Chernihiv province.  Semenivka district is the only part of the region formerly known as Starodubshchyna that was not taken over by Russia.  It is known for its Ukrainian kozak history and its kozak baroque architecture

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