Vintage Ukrainian embroidered shirt, the 1920s. It is a female shirt from Kyiv region, central Ukraine. As you see, this garment consists of two parts – the upper part is made from industrially-produced fabric and the bottom part from hand-spun cloth. It was typical to do so. The handmade fabric is coarser and looks grayish. Different stitching techniques are used to decorate the shirt.
Funny Ukrainian embroidered towels (called “rushnyk”). These are not the usual household items but ceremonial towels. All of them are from the same village in Vinnytsia region (Central Ukraine), the 1st half of the 20th century. Just look at these patterns! They are bright, childish, and very colorful. Such embroidery designs are far from typical in this country, so these towels are unique.
Beautiful embroidery on a male shirt, Bukovyna region, western Ukraine, mid-20th century. This pattern is interesting because it is made from the reverse side, so what you see is, basically, a negative pattern. Imagine, how hard it is to create such embroidery designs!
This is a curious embroidery design on Ukrainian women’s shirt. The sleeve is fully covered with embroidery. The combination of colors and density of pattern create an optical effect that confuses your brain a little. Kind of makes you blink a few times and look again. Just imagine a large group of women wearing shirts made in the same technique! It was a real-life situation for certain regions of western Ukraine 100-150 years ago.