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Vyshyvanka ((Russian: Вышиванка; IPA: [ʋɪʃɪˈʋanka]), Ukrainian: "Вишива́нка" [ʋɪʃɪˈʋanka] or "Виши́ванка" [ʋɪˈʃɪʋanka]) is the Old East Slavic traditional shirt which contains elements of Ukrainian ethnic embroidery. Many variations of its design were created. Usually, it was made of homemade linen which was produced by loom. Local features are usually represented in the shirt's ornamental pattern.


According to Slavic mythology, embroidery on vyshyvanka is used as a talisman to protect the person wearing it and to tell a story.[1] Embroidery was used in vulnerable places on the garment where evil spirits could potentially enter the body: along the neckline, cuffs, shoulders, back and hem.[2]


National Vyshyvanka Day is celebrated on the 21st of May. On this day many Ukrainians wear vyshyvankas to demonstrate adherence to the idea of national identity and unity and to show their patriotism.

High fashion

During Paris Fashion Week 2015, Ukrainian fashion designer Vita Kin was featured in Vogue Magazine[3] and Harper's Bazaar for introducing vyshyvankas as modern Bohemian style designs[4] that attracted fashion icons like Anna Dello Russo, Miroslava Duma, and Leandra Medine.[5]


Ruthenian immigrants to Canada in 1911 in traditional dress. 

See also


  1. "У Києві відкрилася виставка вишиванок з усієї України (Vyshyvanka presentation in Kyiv)". 1TV.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Condra, Jill (2013). Encyclopedia of National Dress: Traditional Clothing Around the World. ABC-CLIO. p. 624. ISBN 978-0-313-37636-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Liana Satenstein (Apr 28, 2015). "Your Favorite Bohemian Garb Is Actually Traditional Ukrainian Costume". Vogue. Retrieved 2015-04-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Tara Lamont-Djite (Apr 14, 2015). "We're Obsessed:Vita Kin Introduces The Perfect Bohemia". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 2015-04-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "DESIGNERS TO WATCH: Vyshyvankas by Vita Kin – Traditional Ukrainian Chic". Fashion For Fashionlovers. May 14, 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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