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

Male costume from Volyn region of Ukraine early 20th century

Traditional embroidery from Volyn’ region of Ukraine early 20th century

Handwoven belt from Volyn region of Ukraine early 20th century

 

 

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

Men’s outfit from Kyiv region of Ukraine early 20th century

Men’s outfit from Kyiv region of Ukraine early 20th century

Folk embroidery from Kyiv region of Ukraine early 20th century

 

 

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

Male clothing from Chernihiv region of Ukraine late 19th – early 20th century

Traditional needlework from Chernihiv region of Ukraine late 19th – early 20th century

Male clothing from Chernihiv region of Ukraine late 19th – early 20th century

 

 

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

Groomsman’s attire from Transcarpathian region of Ukraine early 20th century

Groomsman’s attire from Transcarpathian region of Ukraine early 20th century

 

 

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

Groom’s wedding attire from Chernivtsi region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding attire from Chernivtsi region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding attire from Chernivtsi region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding attire from Chernivtsi region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

 

 

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

Groom’s wedding embroidered shirt from Lviv region of Ukraine early 20th century

Groom’s wedding embroidered shirt from Lviv region of Ukraine early 20th century

 

 

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

Men’s jewelry piece from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine 18th century

 

 

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

Groom’s wedding outfit from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding outfit from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding outfit from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding outfit from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding outfit from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding outfit from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

 

 

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

Groom’s wedding attire from Poltava region of Ukraine early 20th century

Groom’s wedding attire from Poltava region of Ukraine early 20th century

Groom’s wedding attire with butoniere from Poltava region of Ukraine early 20th century

Groom’s wedding attire from Poltava region of Ukraine early 20th century

Groom’s wedding attire from Poltava region of Ukraine early 20th century

 

 

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)

Ukrainian men’s accessories

Ukrainian vintage men’s accessories

Ukrainian vintage men’s accessories

 

 

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

Ukrainian vintage men’s accessory

 

 

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

Groom’s wedding costume from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding costume from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding costume from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding costume from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding costume from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Groom’s wedding costume from Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

 

 

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

Chumak’s attire from Sumy region of Ukraine early 20th century

Chumak’s attire from Sumy region of Ukraine early 20th century

Chumak’s attire from Sumy region of Ukraine early 20th century

Chumak’s attire from Sumy region of Ukraine early 20th century

Chumak’s attire from Sumy region of Ukraine early 20th century

 

 

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

Male purses and pouches from Western Ukraine late 19th – early 20th century

 

 

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

Men’s outfit from Lviv region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Men’s outfit from Lviv region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Men’s outfit from Lviv region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

Men’s outfit from Lviv region of Ukraine first half of the 20th century

 

 

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

Male clothing from Rivne region of Ukraine late 19th – early 20th century

Male clothing from Rivne region of Ukraine late 19th – early 20th century

Male clothing from Rivne region of Ukraine late 19th – early 20th century

Male clothing from Rivne region of Ukraine late 19th – early 20th century

Male clothing from Rivne region of Ukraine late 19th – early 20th century

Male clothing from Rivne region of Ukraine late 19th – early 20th century

Male clothing from Rivne region of Ukraine late 19th – early 20th century

 

 

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

attire of Ukrainian musician Chernihiv region of Ukraine early 20th century

attire of Ukrainian musician Chernihiv region of Ukraine early 20th century

attire of Ukrainian musician Chernihiv region of Ukraine early 20th century

vintage Ukrainian musical instrument

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