Posts Tagged 'Hutsul'

People who live in the Carpathian Mountains, the Hutsuls, built up their world hundreds upon hundreds of years ago in the borderland between the Slavs and the Daco-Rumanians. They have become a symbol of Ukrainian culture and national energy in the west of Ukraine much the same way the Cossacks were such a symbol for the central Ukraine. The Hutsul world has been existing for centuries between the civilizations of the West and of the East, and though the modern global civilization has begun making inroads into the Hutsul traditional culture, basically it remains unchanged. To travel in the Land of the Hutsuls is to travel back in time.

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.

Kosmach

Kosmach

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 – Hutsul Washing Machine

Valylo – Hutsul Washing Machine

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 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.