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We were in Moldova and Ukraine during Orthodox Easter and the week after it. Everywhere we saw the big (or small) painted eggs, The have competitions for the most beautiful ones. We also saw the people going to the church with the baskets filled with the food. It is a similar tradition as in Poland but maybe the scale is greater. Another Ukrainian tradition is embroidery. In Chernivtsi, we could see the kind of festival. The groups from many parts of Ukraine came and it was possible to observe the different richly decorated dresses. The people liked posing for us, we were the only tourists.

Vyshyvanka is a colloquial name for the embroidered shirt in Ukrainian and Belarusian national costumes. Vyshyvanka is used as a talisman to protect the person wearing it and to tell a story. 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. The vyshyvanka not only speaks of its Ukrainian origin but also of the particular region in which it was made. The knowing eye could detect where a person hailed from by the clothes on their back. Embroidery is thus an important craft within Ukraine and different techniques exist to suit local styles with their own particular patterns and colours. Traditionally, the thread was coloured according to local formulas using bark, leaves, flowers, berries and so on. In this way, the local environment is literally reflected in the colour of the embroidery.
(from Wikipedia).

You can see the written signs: Khristos voskres (Christ rose from the dead), it is a kind of greeting also.

Another photo of these nice girls in Workshop.

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