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Ukrainian man accessory folk "fashion".

Posted on April 28 2017

This article is devoted to Ukrainian men accessory variety and their folk interpretation.  
Frankly speaking the subject is far away from the buzz word. Thus we’ve got some information worth attention.
ukrainian man accessories

Photo by Andrii Paslavskii. Ukrainians in traditional clothes.

  Belt has always been a truly man accessory for all the time. In Ukrainian culture it plays not only functional part but according to our ancestors believes it regulates the body energy flows.

 Cheres belt (40-45 cm wide leather belt with 3-5 clasps) widespread at the Western part of current Ukrainian territory. Richly decorated with buttons, cooper chains, carving technique and forget metal plate.

Cherest leather belt
Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways of Ukraine Fund, Kyiv 
Probiinivka village, Verkhovynskii district, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast'
decorated leather belt
Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways of Ukraine Fund, Kyiv 
Koniatyn village, Chernivtsi oblast'

 Okraika (wide homespun belt made of multicolor wool yarn) This accessory was spread at Bukovyna, territory divided between Romania and Ukraine. It was matched with short leather belt and cooper clasps.
Bykovyna man accesory
Bukovyna, Chernivetska oblast'

 

Kyiv region belt was also widely decorated with cooper clasps and a small pocket for knife and fire striker reminding on Cossak clothes.
Ukrainian Cossak clothes
Paintings by Sergii Vasylivskii. Danubian Zaporozhian Kozak, 1900.
Zaporozhian Kozak type.

Ukrainian man headwear also combines aesthetic and protective meaning.

You can hardly imagine the variety of man head accessories: klepania, Kuchma, shlyk, bryl’, sholomka, kresania, maznytzia, kizianka.

Let’s discover some popular ukrainian man head accessories:

Kresania was Gytsyl man choice. It is the most colorful and pattern decoration varied Made of sound felted cloth and richly decorated with color strings, clasps, tassels, feather, tiny belts using golden lace for the hat bottom. At Podilia region young men (parubky) wore a straw hat with bead decorations and strings.

Hutsul man hat

Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways of Ukraine Fund, Kyiv 

Kolomyia

Handcrafted straw hat

Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways of Ukraine Fund, Kyiv 

Vikno village, Horodenivskii district, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast'

Kuchma (high winter hat made of wool sheep skin) was as widespread as bryl’ straw summer hat.

Kuchma ukrainian hat

 Stol'ne village, Menskii district, Chernigiv oblast'

Wide straw hat

Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways of Ukraine Fund, Kyiv 

Ukrainian man straw hat, Semenivskii district, Pogrebniaky village.
Ukrainian man admired leather bags finishing their look with small wood chopper. At Bukovyna region such bag is called tobivka thus at Pokuttia square-cut wool bag is called the same.
Tobivka man leather bag

Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways of Ukraine Fund, Kyiv 

Koniatyn village, Chernivtsi oblast'

Wool man accessory

Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways of Ukraine Fund, Kyiv 

We’ve found some exclusive facts about Ukrainian accessories discovered by ethnographer S. Marchuk:

- Boykos (Ukrainian ethnographic group) used glass and foil as material for cuff links.

- Gytsyl men wearing serdak (jacket) fixed it with chains decorating them with their personal Christening cross.

- Men also wore rings reminding pyramids.

- Wealthy Cossack men wore mittens decorated with gold and silver.

Ukrainian ethnic groups

 

 Three Snails is greatful to the Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways of Ukraine for the infromational support, director general, Boyiko Y. A, chief fund keeper, Rusinova T. V. and all fund workers.

The article is written specially for  Ukrainian American Coordinating Council.

 

 

Sourses used:

С. А. Макарчук. Етнографія України.

Хв. Вовк. Студії з української етнографії та антропології.

Антонович Є.А., Захарчук-ЧугайР.В., Станкевич М.Є. Декоративно-прикладне мистецтво.

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