In the 19th – early 20th century, Ukrainians wore mostly handmade and hand-embellished clothing. That’s why every outfit from this period is unique, you literally won’t see two identical costumes. Every garment preserved in numerous Ukrainian museums and private collections is treasured by the locals. These 3 videos show the folk outfits of young unmarried girls (usually, they got married at the age of about 16-20). You’ll see that even rather young maidens already had costly and ornate clothing and dressed impressively bright.
This vivid and eye-catching folk costume of a young teenager girl is from Kropyvnytskyi region of Ukraine (southern part of the country), the late 19th – early 20th century. The girl is wearing a long richly embroidered shirt, a bright skirt, a simple apron without any adornments (but made from brocade fabric), high laced shoes, a long and wide fabric sash, a beautiful ribbon with flowers (typical headwear of unmarried girls), silver earrings, necklaces consisting of many rows of colorful glass beads, and an elaborate pendant made from 7 silver coins.
The attire is from Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine (southern part of the country), the late 19th – early 20th century. This maiden is dressed in a long embroidered shirt with whitework, a skirt, high laced shoes, an extremely bright and ornate traditional vest called “kersetka”, a cute headband made from a silver scarf, silver earrings, a glass-beaded and a coral necklaces, and a bunch of colorful ribbons attached to the necklace fastener at the back.
This national costume is from Kherson region of Ukraine (southern part of the country), the late 19th – early 20th century. The young maiden is wearing a long embroidered shirt, a light skirt, an apron, a ribbon in her braid, high leather boots, a fitting upper garment (something between a bodice and a jacket), and a few rows of coral and glass necklaces.