Authentic Ukrainian women’s clothing was designed perfectly because a female could wear it for years. She didn’t need special maternity clothes, her garments fit nicely through the whole pregnancy. Want to know how so? We offer you 4 wonderful video clips showing how a married woman dressed step by step in Ukrainian traditional attire over a century ago. All the clothing pieces are original, from the late 19th – early 20th century, and designed for special occasions.
This is a married pregnant woman’s authentic costume from Crimea (though, it’s Ukrainian attire, not Crimean Tatar, as a lot of Ukrainians lived and still live on the Crimean Peninsula), the late 19th – early 20th century. The woman is dressed in a long embroidered shirt, a skirt, an embroidered apron, high laced shoes, a jacket of traditional Ukrainian cut (the pleats at the back help fit in even the largest pregnant belly), glass-beaded necklaces, and a large woolen kerchief.
This married female’s folk outfit is from Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine (central-eastern part of the country), the late 19th – early 20th century. She is wearing a long richly embroidered shirt, a wide brightly-colored skirt, an apron, an ornate wide belt with a cute pocket, a brocade coif called “ochipok”, silver earrings, many rows of coral and glass-beaded necklaces, a necklace with silver coins, a “dukach” pendant consisting of a silver coin with decorative setting, high laced shoes, and a jacket called “yupka” with numerous gorgeous pleats at the back (note that the cut is the same as in previous video, so a yupka can easily be worn during pregnancy).
The married woman’s attire from Mykolaiv region of Ukraine (southern part of the country), the late 19th – early 20th century. This woman is wearing a mid-calf-length embroidered shirt, a skirt, linen leg wrappings, high leather boots, a small calico kerchief to hold the braids in place, a large silk kerchief draped a bit turban-style, a bright jacket, glass-beaded necklaces, a necklace made from silver coins, and silver earrings.
This married female’s folk costume is from Lviv region of Ukraine (western part of the country), the late 19th – early 20th century. She is dressed in an embroidered shirt with floral needlework, a pleated striped skirt, an embroidered apron called “zapaska”, high laced shoes, a richly embroidered vest called “kamizelka”, a net coif, a small headdress similar to a skull-cap, an embroidered kerchief, many rows of coral necklaces, a glass-beaded necklace, and an embroidered jacket with floral needlework.