PHOTOGALLERY: 2016 Vyshyvanka March in Kyiv

Vyshyvanka March in Kyiv, May 2016 (Image:

Vyshyvanka March in Kyiv, May 2016 (Image: 

Culture, Ukraine

Article by: A. N.

Several thousand people wearing Ukrainian ethnic costumes joined the “Vyshyvanka Mega-March” organized for the Day of Kyiv in the country’s capital city. After the Russian military aggression in Crimea and the Donbas, the national identity became very important to an ever increasing part of Ukrainian society and national symbols like vyshyvankas and these marches have become popular. The beauty of the bright Ukrainian ethnic clothing combined with the beauty of people wearing it produce very compelling and interesting images. These pictures from the march were taken by the UNN Ukrainian National News Information Agency.


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  • Nowhere Girl

    Note that cat in the photo. I’m currently making a vyshyvanka for my oldest (plush) tiger (which is going fairly slow considering I don’t have a sewing machine and couldn’t use it anyway, plus saying that I can sew would be an exaggeration). He will be much more comfortable in it because he is a two-legged tiger, with a doll-like posture. He already wears pants (with a tail hole) and now he will be probably the first tiger to have his own vyshyvanka.

    • Alex George

      He will be a vyshytiger.

      No problem not having a sewing machine. Traditionally you would do it by hand, reciting the spells that are embroidered into the garment.

  • Alex George

    Great to see.

    Ukrainian culture is flourishing, not just in spite of Ukraine’s problems, but because of them.