UKRAINIAN STYLE

Elle (Canada) - - Travel - christina reynolds

I’ve been in love with Ukrainian art since I first learned how to dec­o­rate Ukrainian Easter eggs ( pysanky) when I was a child. My baba taught Ukrainian folk art—she was an es­pe­cially tal­ented em­broi­derer—and col­lected pieces for the Ukrainian Museum of Canada in Win­nipeg. I’m not sure what she’d think of the mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tions of vyshy­vanky, the tra­di­tional em­broi­dered blouses that Liz Gu­ber, our as­so­ciate ed­i­tor, checked out in Kyiv this sum­mer (page148), but I can pic­ture her in­spect­ing the un­der­side of the hand­stitched work—the true test of good em­broi­dery. No mat­ter the pat­tern, if the back was al­most as neat as the front, she’d be im­pressed.

Daria Shapo­val­ova, who runs one of Ukraine’s two fash­ion weeks, wears a pix­e­lated folk-pat­tern coat by Ukrainian de­signer Kse­nia Sch­naider.

Han­dem­broi­dered linen dresses by Kyiv-based de­signer Vita Kin (from $2,215, at matches fash­ion.com)

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