Female vintage costume from Baranivka district, Zhytomyr region of Ukraine (north-western part of the country). The outfit consists of a long embroidered shirt, a wide and long woven skirt called “litnyk”, an apron, a narrow woven belt called “kraika”, a headdress (consists of a coif and two kerchiefs), and fake coral necklace.
The headdress is among the most interesting parts of the outfit. The coif underneath serves to hold the hair in place. And Ukrainian women traditionally wore long hair. Married females braided their hair and created kind of a crown around the head. The coif was worn over that crown of hair.
On top of the coif, this costume has an unusual kerchief. It is rectangular rather than square, and has patterned ends. When it is put on the head, the kerchief forms a dovetail shape.
The second kerchief often was a sign of wealth. It was tied under the chin. This particular one is made from silk and patterned – expensive kerchief.
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