One of the traditional Hutsul (Ukrainian Hutsuls are people who dwell in the Carpathian Mountains) pieces of outerwear is called “manta”. It is a woolen hooded cloak beautifully embellished with colorful embroidery. To live in highlands, you must have very warm and comfy clothing, especially winter garments. Today Ukrainians use mostly modern pieces, but years ago Hutsuls used manta – they wore it over other coats or cloaks. It was the very top item that protected the body from the cold, winds, and snow. There were simpler garments for everyday usage (with a little or none embroidery and decorations) and festive mantas for holidays and celebrations.
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