Rushnyk avaHere are several samples of Ukrainian traditional needlework and openwork. These two crafts were widely used by the local women to decorate clothing, tablecloths, bridal and ceremonial towels, etc. We’ve found some vintage examples of ceremonial towels called “rushnyk” that represent old traditions, beliefs, and skill. These are from central regions of Ukraine, the late 19th – early 20th century. They are museum exhibits. Every piece of the towels is handmade – they are hand-woven from linen or hemp yarn and embellished with embroidery, openwork, fringe, etc.

These are exhibits from the Ukrainian national center of folk culture “Ivan Honchar Museum” in Kyiv

 

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

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