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.
In the distant 30s of last century, in February, a traditional all-Polish competition-marches of military patrols (modern-Biathletes) called “Hutsul way of the Legions’ Second Brigade” are held in the Carpathian region.
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.
Kosmach is the most unique and the largest village in the Carpathian mountains, Ukraine. There are around 3 000 local artists of folk arts. It is the cultural centre of the Carpathians and Hutsul people, Ukrainian ethnos with very bright culture.
Valylo is a sort of a Hutsul washing machine. Valylo is made like this: a hole is dug at a convenient place in the water close to the bank of a mountain stream, or a natural slough is deepened. Then a wheel, similar to the one used in water mills, is fixed in the hole. The wheel churns water and the lizhnyk stays in the valylo until it becomes compressed almost like felt.
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.
Mykulychyn is a specific Hutsul village famous for locals’ hospitality, a lot of boarding houses of high quality, mild temperate climate with healthy air and so-called summer residents from all-around, even from abroad.
The soviet experimental introduction of collective farming in Hutsulshchyna failed rather quickly. In spite of all efforts of communist agronomists to subdue rocks, beets and cereals refused to grow in the highland. Also Hutsuls could not adopt the collective method of farming.