Title of Original Illustration: Pokuttian Young Man in Festive Costume
Medium: Graphite and Pencil Crayon
Early 20th Century Ukraine Heritage collection
A commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada in 2016.
The photo of a young couple proudly displaying their festive clothing captivated me and led me to document their incredible headdress and embroidery patterns.
Pokuttia means “The land in the corner”. The term is often used to refer to the entire southeast corner of Galacia (Hungary to Moldavia) including Bukovyna. Pokuttia sits in the eastern Ivano Frankivsk Oblast, north of the Hutsul region in the Carpathian mountains bordering Podillia, Bukovyna and Boiko. Costuming is reflective of the mountainous regions and the lifestyle, similar to Podillia and Bukivyna generally. Men in knee length tunic style short with narrow linen trousers with a wide sash or leather belt. The sheepskin vest and other clothing trims include embroidery with pattern details distinct to the Western region. The Festive straw hat is elaborately decorated with a bead work band, trisunka bouquets, feather and feathergrass.