Hutsul life has always been rough and hard, but surrounded by amazingly beautiful landscapes. Arts and crafts of Ukrainian Carpathians are closely connected with this difficult life style; it reflects this mountainous aesthetic and distinguishes with vivid originality. Among the variety of its aspects, pottery is considered the most laborious and capricious craft. And tile manufacture is a special kind of it.
A cheres was worn over a shirt and trousers, it did not only protect the internal organs of Hutsuls, but also strengthened the muscles of the middle part of the body by heavy physical work, such as by rafters who floated wood or shepherds who daily overcame kilometers of slopes following after moving flocks.
A basis of the Ukrainian food consists in different dishes of flour and groats. Bread and flour products play an important role in the customs and rituals. Any meal can not be compared with bread.
Small architectural forms namely wells, vegetables dryers, buildings for hay and corn keeping, cellars, gates etc. take an important place in architecture of today’s Carpathian villages.
Could anyone outdo Brazilian carnival dancers? Easily! Such headdresses being made long since in the Carpathian village Velyky Kliuchiv are to be considered a work of art. The chaplets of goose feathers are truly a unique thing. They combine ancient Hutsul marriage traditions and original decorations.
Cheese toys still prevail in some parts of Hutsulshchyna. It is unusual toy for kids because you can not only play but eat it. For adults it’s also a magic atribute
Hutsul clothing was expensive, because embroidery and all kinds of adornment cost a lot.
Since ancient times a hatchet and a pipe became for the Carpathian highlanders a friend, and brother, and adviser; a true Hutsul can not be imagined without these things.
Zgarda is an amulet in a specific form of crosses. Zgarda is a pre-Christian amulet, and church had a disapproving attitude to it. Therefore, women wore zgarda as pectorals, in several lines to avoid suspicious. Men wore zgarda as rings.
In the musical life of inhabitants of the Carpathians there we can find a legendary exotic instrument that has long