NGO "Centre for Research and Revival of Volyn"

Women’s wedding dress


Dubrovytsia district, Rivne region. Late 19th – early 20th century.

Restored by authentic samples from museum collections.

The so-called “pure” outfit, without excessive ornaments. In ancient times, each element of the serpanok dress was made of namitka. Women wove a scroll of namitka, which then served as a material for sewing clothes.

The bride’s costume is woven and sewn of ultra-thin, transparent, serpanok, linen cloth.

The costume includes: a shirt, a skirt, an apron, a kamizelka, a namitka, a krayka and a wreath.

The shirt is made by ‘ustavka’ cut (with inserts), with a standing collar and cuffs (“covers”).

The “suknia” skirt is sewn from 5 panels of “pilka” cloth. It is tightly gathered around the waist. The bottom is decorated with ”merezhka”. The apron is made out of 3 cloths of serpanok fabric. It is abundantly gathered on the belt. The bottom is also decorated with ”merezhka”. Woollen “kraika” belt is woven in coloured stripes, with woven edges (“toroky”) at the ends.

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