Male embroidery avaSadly, Russian troops in Ukraine are not only killing people and animals and destroying buildings, infrastructure objects, plants, and factories, they’re also destroying our historical sites and cultural objects, including folk museums, together with their collections. Ukrainians are very skilled in the craft of embroidery, so many local museums store vintage needlework samples and embroidered clothing, some of which are extremely rare and valuable. Some of the samples you’ll see in this post are probably already gone because they were stored in folk museums in those cities that suffer from heavy bombings.

Ukrainian folk museums and multiple private collections preserve thousands of needlework samples and embroidered pieces of clothes, both vintage and modern. Among the most culturally valuable and rarest examples of Ukrainian traditional embroidery are vintage male shirts and other items of clothes adorned with folk needlework. There are considerably fewer authentic men’s garments than women’s that survived the last 100 years, so each item counts. And it’s a disaster when such pieces are destroyed.

Here are the best and rarest needlework samples on vintage Ukrainian male clothing from different regions of the country.

 

Embroidered front of male shirt from Novhorod-Siverskyi district, Chernihiv region, northern Ukraine, the late 19th – early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Groom’s wedding embroidered shirt from Sokal district, Lviv region, western Ukraine, the beginning of the 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Embroidered front of male shirt from Ratne district, Volyn’ region, western Ukraine, the early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Groom’s embroidered sheepskin vest from Kitsman district, Chernivtsi region, western Ukraine, the first half of the 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Embroidered front and neckline of men’s shirt from Vinnytsia region, central Ukraine, the early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Embroidered front of male shirt from Makariv district, Kyiv region, central Ukraine, the early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Sophisticated embroidered cuffs from Vinnytsia region, central Ukraine, the early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Embroidered front of male shirt from Hadiach district, Poltava region, central Ukraine, the early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Wonderful embroidered cuff of men’s shirt from Sniatyn district, Ivano-Frankivsk region, western Ukraine, the first half of the 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Elegant embroidered front of male shirt from Vinnytsia region, central Ukraine, the early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Embroidered front of male shirt from Romny district, Sumy region, eastern Ukraine, the early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Embroidered front of male shirt from Yavoriv district, Lviv region, western Ukraine, the first half of the 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Wonderful needlework on male woolen leg wrappings, western Ukraine, the first half of the 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Embroidered front of male shirt from Vinnytsia region, central Ukraine, the early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Embroidered front and collar of men’s shirt from Vinnytsia region, central Ukraine, the early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Embroidered men’s shirt and unique hat from Sarny district, Rivne region, north-western Ukraine, the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Needlework on male shirt and cuff from Vinnytsia region, central Ukraine, the early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

 

 

Multicolored embroidery on the front of male shirt from western Ukraine, the early 20th century

Best and rarest men’s embroidered patterns from Ukraine. Some of them are probably already destroyed in bombings

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