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Male costume avaVintage men’s clothing in Ukraine is rather hard to find. Most of such garments didn’t survive till these days, unlike female costumes (of which there are plenty). We would like to show you 12 authentic male outfits from the end of the 19th – the first half of the 20th century. The garments are stored in The Ukrainian national center of folk culture “Ivan Honchar Museum” and in private collections. You can find some pretty interesting and opulent pieces here. Also, there are several typically masculine accessories to supplement the costumes. Enjoy!


Male costume from Ratne district, Volyn’ region of Ukraine (this area is called “Western Polissia” or “Western woodland”. It is the most north-western part of the country). The beginning of the 20th century

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Men’s outfit from Makariv district, Kyiv region of Ukraine (northern part of the country). The beginning of the 20th century

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Male clothing from Novhorod-Siverskyi district, Chernihiv region of Ukraine (this area is called “Eastern Polissia” or “Eastern woodland”. It is a northern part of the country). The end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century

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Groomsman’s attire from Tiachiv district, Transcarpathian region of Ukraine (the very western part of the country). The beginning of the 20th century. The main element of this costume is the white woolen outerwear called “hunia”. It is handmade; the long hairs are purposely made for extra warmth. Hunia is a very old traditional garment used in the Carpathian area

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Groom’s wedding clothing from Kitsman district, Chernivtsi region of Ukraine (the area is called “Bukovyna”. It is a south-western part of the country). The first half of the 20th century

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Groom’s wedding embroidered shirt from Sokal district, Lviv region of Ukraine (western part of the country). The beginning of the 20th century

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Men’s jewelry piece – large brass cross on a masculine chain. Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine, the 18th century

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Groom’s wedding outfit from Verkhovyna district, Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine (this area is called “Hutsul region”. It is a south-western part of the country). The first half of the 20th century. The woolen outerwear is called “manta”. It is richly embellished with embroidery, braiding, and other decorative elements

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Groom’s wedding attire from Hadiach district, Poltava region of Ukraine (central part of the country). The beginning of the 20th century

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Men’s accessories: leather shoulder bag called “tobivka” (Kosiv district, Ivano-Frankivsk region, the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century), bone powder flask (the 18th century), two battle axes (the one at the front is called “bartka”; the one at the back is called “kelep”. Ivano-Frankivsk region, the end of the 19th century), and leather pouch called “moshonka” (Kosiv district, Ivano-Frankivsk region, the end of the 19th century)

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Male leather pouch called “moshonka”. Kosiv district, Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine (south-western part of the country). The end of the 19th century. The pouch is handmade and nicely adorned

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Groom’s wedding costume from Sniatyn district, Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine (south-western part of the country). The first half of the 20th century

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Chumak’s attire (chumak is a man who delivered and traded salt in Europe in the 17th-20th century) from Romny district, Sumy region of Ukraine. The beginning of the 20th century

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Male purses and pouches. Three of them are made from leather and one is made from bast. Western areas of Ukraine, the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century

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Men’s outfit from Yavoriv district, Lviv region of Ukraine (western part of the country). The first half of the 20th century

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Male clothing from Sarny district, Rivne region of Ukraine (north-western part of the country). The end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century

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Ordinary attire of a lirnyk – Ukrainian musician who used a lira as an instrument (you can also see lira on the photo). Chernihiv region of Ukraine, the beginning of the 20th century. These musicians were very poor, which you can see by the outfit

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