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Ukraine avaUkrainian traditional costumes from western, northern, and north-western regions of Ukraine are very colorful, bright, and sophisticated. In this areas, proud-spirited and honorable people traditionally lived, and their costumes are like that as well. We are glad to share with you several photos of female folk outfits from the mentioned Ukrainian regions. You will also find out how different garments and jewelry pieces are named.

 

Women’s folk costume from Verkhovyna district, Ivano-Frankivsk region (Hutsul region, western part of the country). The outfit consists of an embroidered shirt, a skirt-like garment called “zapaska”(consists of 2 woven aprons, one at the front and one at the back), a fabric belt called “kraika”, a kerchief, a sleeveless fur vest called “keptar”, a woolen coat called “serdak”, a woven bag called “dz’obnia”, and several necklaces.

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Ukrainian female costumes from Carpathian and Ciscarpathian regions (western part of the country).

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The one on the left is from Kosiv district, Ivano-Frankivsk region (western part of the country). It consists of a long embroidered shirt, a skirt-like garment called “zapaska”, a woven belt called “kraika”, a sleeveless vest made from sheepskin and called “keptar”, a headdress that includes a long rectangular piece of cotton cloth called “namitka” and a kerchief tied under the chin, a short woolen outerwear called “hunia”, and necklaces.

The one on the right is from Horodenka district, Ivano-Frankivsk region (western part of the country). It consists of a long embroidered shirt, a skirt-like garment called “zapaska” and another one called “horbatka”, two woven belts called “kraika” (a narrow one and a wide one), a sleeveless vest made from sheepskin and called “keptar”, a headdress – rectangular piece of cotton cloth called “namitka”, a short woolen coat called “serdak”, and necklaces.

 

 

Female folk costume from Polissia area (Northern Ukraine). It consists of an embroidered shirt, a long woven skirt, an apron, a woven belt called “kraika”, a bright kerchief, and necklaces. Red is the favorite color of this Ukrainian region – locals often embroider with red threads.

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Women’s folk dress from Olevsk district, Zhytomyr region of Ukraine (northern part of the country; the area is called “Polissia” - woodland). The outfit consists of a long embroidered shirt (in this area, it is called “chekhlyk”), a long woven skirt called “litnyk”, an apron decorated with embroidery and ruffles, a colorful fabric belt, a bodice called “stanik”, a kerchief with a coif underneath, and a coral necklace.

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Female winter clothing from Ovruch district, Zhytomyr region of Ukraine (northern part of the country, so called “Polissia” area or woodland). The outfit consists of a long embroidered shirt called “chekhlyk”, a woven skirt called “litnyk”, a woven apron (carpet weaving technique is used to make it), a woolen coat called “svyta”, a fabric belt called “kraika”, a necklace, and a headdress (includes a coif and a piece called “namitka” – long rectangular piece of cloth wrapped around the head).

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Women’s vintage costume from Narodychi district, Zhytomyr region of Ukraine (northern part of the country). The outfit consists from a long embroidered shirt, a skirt called “litnyk”, an apron, a long fabric sash, a coral necklace, and a kerchief.

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Women’s vintage costume from Volyn’ region of Ukraine, Volodymyr-Volynskyi district (north-western part of the country). It is an outfit of a newly married woman (after she gave birth to her first child, the attire changed a bit) It consists of an embroidered shirt, a woven skirt called “litnyk”, a woven apron called “zapaska”, a woven belt called “kraika”, a glass-beaded necklace, a kerchief, and a short woolen jacket called “kabat”.

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Female vintage clothing from Baranivka district, Zhytomyr region of Ukraine (north-western part of the country). The outfit consists of a long embroidered shirt, a wide and long woven skirt called “litnyk”, an apron, a narrow woven belt called “kraika”, a headdress (consists of a coif and two kerchiefs), and fake coral necklace.

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Female costume from Baranivka district, Zhytomyr region of Ukraine (north-western part of the country). This is an outfit of an older woman. It consists of a long embroidered shirt, a woven skirt called “litnyk”, an apron, a narrow woven belt called “kraika”, and a headdress (consists of a coif called “ochipok” and a rectangular piece of fabric called “namitka”).

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Traditional costume of a married woman from Borshchiv district, Ternopil region (western part of Ukraine). It consists of an embroidered shirt, a wrap-around skirt-like garment called “horbatka”, a woven apron called “zapaska”, a woven belt called “kraika”, a headdress called “namitka”, and necklaces (many rows of coral and a narrow bead weaving choker called “sylianka” adorned with silver coins).

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Folk costume of a married woman from Bukovyna region of Ukraine (western part of Ukraine, close to the border with Romania). It consists of an embroidered shirt, a wrap-around skirt-like garment called “horbatka”, a wide woven belt called “kraika”, a headdress called “peremitka”, a long sleeveless fur coat called “tsurkanka”, a woven shoulder bag, and necklaces (Venetian glass beaded necklaces and glass beaded necklaces).

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Traditional costume of a married woman from Zalishchyky district, Ternopil region (western part of Ukraine). It consists of an embroidered shirt, a wrap-around skirt-like garment called “horbatka”, a woven belt called “kraika”, a kerchief, and necklaces (coral necklaces, glass beaded necklaces, a large silver coin called “dukach”, and a narrow bead weaving choker called “sylianka”).

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Traditional costume of a married woman from Rivne region, north-western part of Ukraine (also called “Polissia”). It consists of an underwear shirt, a shirt, a dress, an apron, a woven belt, a bonnet, a headdress called “namitka”, and necklaces.

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