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Unique headgears called “namitka” from Northern Ukraine

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:06 am
by sofiya
The women in Polissya (woodland) region of Ukraine traditionally use a very interesting and extraordinary headdress. It is called “namitka”. It is a very long piece of homespun cloth with embroidered ends. There are dozens of ways to drape the namitka, according to the district, desire of a woman, her mood, her family traditions, and so on. But each and every way is impressive.
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Re: Unique headgears called “namitka” from Northern Ukraine

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:05 pm
by sofiya
Traditional costume of a married woman from Rivne region, north-western part of Ukraine (also called “Polissia”). It consists of an underwear shirt, a shirt, a dress, an apron, a woven belt, a bonnet, a headdress called “namitka”, and necklaces. The attire is made from very thin linen called “serpanok”.

The headdress is very interesting. It is a long piece of cloth wrapped around the head. Such headgears are traditional for Polissia area. But the way of draping it is unusual – it is tied so that the fabric forms 2 original loops called “ears”. The red embellishments on the namitka are woven, not embroidered as usual. That’s because serpanok is a very delicate fabric, and it’s almost impossible to make hand embroidered patterns on it (only several craftswomen in Ukraine can do that).
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