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The outerwear of Carpathian region of Ukraine

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:15 am
by sofiya
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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Re: The outerwear of Carpathian region of Ukraine

Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 6:04 pm
by sofiya
Another outerwear garment used in the Carpathian region is called “keptar”. It is a traditional piece and very popular even these days. Keptar is a sleeveless fur coat with beautiful embellishments. It is made from a sheepskin.

Keptar is used by both men and women. It is worn not only during the cold season but all year long, as it can be pretty cool in the mountains even in summer. This garment is an obligatory part of the women’s festive folk costume. An embroidered shirt worn under the keptar is like an undergarment; it isn’t used for special occasions without the vest, jacket, or coat.

Keptar is always richly decorated. Embroidery, applique, braiding, pompons, metal decorations and tassels are used to make the garment festive and very fine.

Here are several examples of a vintage keptar.

Set of women’s clothing from Hutsul region of Ukraine (western part of the country), the early 20th century. The costume includes a keptar; another keptar is on the background
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Male and female costumes with keptar. Women’s keptar is much more ornate
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Female clothing from the Carpathian region of Ukraine. It includes a festive keptar
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Traditional women's costume from Kosiv district, Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine at the beginning of the 20th century
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Embellishments on the keptar from Kosiv district, Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine at the beginning of the 20th century
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Keptar from Putyliv district, Chernivtsi region, the end of the 19th century – the beginning of the 20th century
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Keptar from Rakhiv district, Transcarpathian region, the beginning of the 20th century
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Simple male keptar from Rakhiv district, Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, the beginning of the 20th century
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Female keptar from Kosiv district, Ivano-Frankivsk region, the beginning of the 20th century
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Male keptar made from sheepskin and decorated with leather, metal elements, embroidery, and tiny yarn pom-pons
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Men’s keptar made from sheepskin and decorated with leather, embroidery, and tiny yarn pom-pons
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Keptar as a part of the traditional wedding dress in the Carpathian regions of Ukraine. Kolomyia district, Ivano-Frankivsk region, the beginning of the 20th century
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Keptar as a part of the traditional wedding dress in the Carpathian regions of Ukraine. Verkhovyna district, Ivano-Frankivsk region, the beginning of the 20th century
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Re: The outerwear of Carpathian region of Ukraine

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:53 am
by sofiya
Unique traditional woolen coat called “chugania” from Carpathian region of Ukraine. Lemko area (western part of the country), the early 20th century

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