Hutsul clothing is very original and picturesque. It differs a lot from other types of clothing, and when Hutsuls have appeared somewhere outside their territory, they have drawn everyone’s attention to themselves.
First, Hutsul clothing was short, light and warm.
Mountainous region required such kind of clothing, because here it was necessary for jumping over the stones, often for climbing over the wicker fences and fallen trees, getting onto and off a horse, and also the Carpathian climate with its warm days and very cold nights had its influence over the choice of clothing. However it was very colorful. So it struck the eye from afar. White and black colors dominated in clothing and looked well against a white snow background in winter and against a green grassy background in summer.
Hutsul woman dress
Women wore long shirts which reached up to the calves. Neckbands, cuffs and insets were embroidered. In the region over the White Cheremosh River sleeves were also embroidered. An embroidered shirt required a lot of work that’s why it was so expensive. Instead of dress Hutsul women wore a skirt of two spare parts – front and back parts which were girded on the waist with a waistband or a narrow strap. They wore slippers, wool socks, foot clothes and sandals as men wore. In winter women wore cloth knee bandages tied above the knees. Over the shirt they wore keptar (a short sleeveless fur coat), serdak (a short woolen cloth coat) and also a sheepskin coat. On holydays they wore a white wool sleeveless cape with a hood and a silk kerchief, which felt down in form of a triangle. On the neck they hung a shiny glass necklace, a necklace of silver coins beaded on a chain or brass crosses.
Girls’ heads were not covered both in summer and in winter; their hair was greased and braided in two small plaits parting in the middle of the head; than plaits sometimes could be braided into one thicker plait. Hutsul women combed their hair only once a week. Young married woman had kerchiefs on their heads, and on holidays they wore wimples. The olds had sticks in their hands for propping up.
Hutsul clothing was expensive, because embroidery and all kinds of adornment cost a lot. And also Hutsuls liked to chuck their weight about, therefore it was not surprising that many of them spent their estates for clothing and amusements. Their good nature borders on their large frivolity.