Vyshyvanka (embroidered shirt) is the most important item of Ukrainian traditional costume. The story of vyshyvanka goes back centuries. The ancient historian Herodotus notes that Scythian apparel was decorated with embroidery. This garment has withstood the test of time and continues to represent Ukrainian people while adapting to the modernity.
The embroidery of vyshyvanka is rich and varied. The motives of ornaments, composition, colours were handed down from generation to generation. All this varies depending on the region of origin. In ancient times people even could guess what village a person came from just from the embroidery on the vyshyvanka.
The original meaning of ornaments and colors on vyshyvanka was symbolic – it protects the wearer from evil and sin. Now people think about the meaning of embroidery much less, vyshyvanka has become a stylish clothes. Today you can see it on the streets, on the catwalks and in the halls of fashion weeks and fashion days across the Ukraine. The most popular fashion designer, who present vyshyvankas in her collections is Roksolana Bogutska from Lviv.
Lviv is a cultural center of Westen Ukraine, where vyshyvanka is extremely popular. Wearing traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts, people demonstrate their love to the Ukraine and the honour of it’s traditions.
Myroslav Melnyk )