Traditional Ukrainian Headdresses Recreated

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These beautiful images of Ukrainian dress have been created by Ukrainian group, Майстерня Треті Півні. The most striking element is the headdress but I also like the way the photographs show the jewellery and the wonderful heavy material of the core linen garment.  I have one of these linen dresses which I bought in Ukraine some years ago. The subtle embroidery on the sleeves is a wonder to behold, and I’ll try to show it on a future blogpost.

Here’s some information about Майстерня Треті Півні and the flower crowns, as published on the website of ‘Ukraine Today’:

‘Photography is one of the best ways to preserve traditions, and that is just what Slavic workshop Treti Pivni (translated as ‘Third Rooster’) is doing with their series of women and children in traditional Ukrainian headdresses. The team is made of photographers, stylists, and makeup artists who are smitten with Ukraine, and use photography to share the beauty and unique customs of their homeland with the rest of the world.

The floral wreaths, worn here by the models of this series, are traditionally crafted for girls and young, unmarried women as a sign of their “purity” and marital eligibility. In pre-Christian times, the headdresses were thought to protect innocent girls from evil spirits.

In the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, there has been a surge in national pride, especially when it comes to fashion.

The floral headdress or vinok is mostly connected with weddings and folk festivals, though its floral aesthetic has a more peaceful purpose in its contemporary use.

Model Nadiia Shapoval told Vogue Magazine, “I think we are coming back to floral themes because fashion is starting to react on wars that we are having around the globe. We need some tenderness.”‘

(Do click on the link above to Vogue magazine’s article ‘In Ukraine, That Flower Crown Means More Than You Think’…)

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