Culture

Culture of the Carpathians: traditions, religion, art and crafts

Kosiv stove

Kosiv stove

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.

Cheres – Hutsul’s belt talisman

Cheres – Hutsul’s belt talisman

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.

Carpathian bridal chaplets of goose feathers

Carpathian bridal chaplets of goose feathers

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.

Hutsul pipe

Hutsul pipe

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.

The Hutsulian Zgarda

The Hutsulian Zgarda

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.