Embroidery is one of the main characteristics of Ukrainian clothing. The patterns of embroidery are different for different regions of the country. And they’re also very symbolic. There are guardian patterns, patterns that tell a specific story about the owner of the shirt, patterns that bring luck and so on. Usually white cloth is embroidered with red and black threads, but there are also some variations: white embroidery on white cloth, black on white, red on black, blue on white and colorful (red, black, yellow, green, orange, blue etc.) patterns.
Actors and musicians dressed in vyshyvankas appear in the streets, designers use Ukrainian ornaments in their collections. And, believe me, all that is for good reason!
Ukrainian embroidered shirt is not just an outfit; it is a true protective amulet. Here there are some most interesting facts about this piece of art you might not have heard about.
1. The first embroidered garments in the territory of Slavonic countries had primarily religious meaning, and protected their owners from evil. That is why the shirts were decorated with ornaments on sleeves, collars, hem and everywhere where the body was open. There were special vyshyvankas for religious rituals and festive events. Embroidered shirts were given as presents to newborn babies in order to protect them from evil spirits. (more…)