Title of Original Illustration: Pokuttian Couple in Festive Costume
Medium: Graphite and Pencil Crayon
Early 20th Century Ukraine Heritage collection
This is a commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada in 2016.
A 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” and is often used to refer to the entire southeast corner of Galacia (Hungary to Moldavia) including Bukovyna. The Pokuttian region 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 Bukovyna generally. Women in wrapped skirts or “obhortka” often of a brick red colour and a sheepskin vest. The women’s long chemise is embroidered with distinct details and often in geometric patterns. The headdress is elaborate, covered in flowers and ribbon in a curved vinok shape. Men wear knee length tunic style shirts with narrow linen trousers and a wide sash or leather belt. The sheepskin vest and other clothing trims include embroidery with patterned details distinct to the Western region. His headdress is elaborately covered in wool pompoms, trim and feathered crown.