Embroidered Shirts

Collection by Dave Melnychuk Ukrainian Arts

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Traditional Ukrainian shirts I've embroidered, in styles mainly from the Horodenka region of Carpathian Western Ukraine, where my maternal grandparents were born and raised in Serafyntsi village. Villages represented include Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil’nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Harasymiv, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Kotykivka, Korniv, Torhovytsia, Soroky, Nezvisko, Balyntsi, Ostrivets, Kalinky, Nyrkiv, Luka, Toporivtsi, Pidvysoke, Kosmach, and Yavoriv, as well as the cities of Snyatyn and Horodenka.

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Embroidered chest panel for a traditional man’s ‘sorochka’, or shirt, in the ‘nyz’ stitch technique popular in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya’s Horodenka raion. (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Embroidered chest panel for a traditional man’s ‘sorochka’, or shirt, in the ‘nyz’ stitch technique popular in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya’s Horodenka raion. (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Detail of a man's traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Detail of a man's traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Detail of a man's traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Detail of a man's traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Detail of a man's traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Detail of a man's traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Detail of a man's traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Detail of a man's traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Detail of a man's traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Detail of a man's traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Traditional embroidered ‘sorochka’, or shirt, in a style and with motifs popular in the Horodenka and Snyatyn regions of Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Traditional embroidered ‘sorochka’, or shirt, in a style and with motifs popular in the Horodenka and Snyatyn regions of Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Embroidered traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in a style popular in the city of Horodenka and surrounding villages of Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Torhovytsya, Tyshkivtsi, and Luka, located in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Embroidered traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in a style popular in the city of Horodenka and surrounding villages of Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Torhovytsya, Tyshkivtsi, and Luka, located in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in the style of Horodenka raion villages of Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets, Korniv, Balyntsi, and Kotykivka, from the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

Embroidered traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in a style popular in the city of Horodenka and surrounding villages of Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Torhovytsya, Tyshkivtsi, and Luka, located in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Embroidered traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in a style popular in the city of Horodenka and surrounding villages of Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Torhovytsya, Tyshkivtsi, and Luka, located in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Embroidered traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in a style popular in the city of Horodenka and surrounding villages of Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Torhovytsya, Tyshkivtsi, and Luka, located in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Embroidered traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in a style popular in the city of Horodenka and surrounding villages of Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Torhovytsya, Tyshkivtsi, and Luka, located in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Embroidered traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in a style popular in the city of Horodenka and surrounding villages of Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Torhovytsya, Tyshkivtsi, and Luka, located in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Embroidered traditional Ukrainian 'sorochka', or shirt, in a style popular in the city of Horodenka and surrounding villages of Yaseniv-Pil'nyi, Torhovytsya, Tyshkivtsi, and Luka, located in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Traditional embroidered ‘sorochka’, or shirt, in a style and with motifs popular in the Horodenka and Snyatyn regions of Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Traditional embroidered ‘sorochka’, or shirt, in a style and with motifs popular in the Horodenka and Snyatyn regions of Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Traditional embroidered ‘sorochka’, or shirt, in a style and with motifs popular in the Horodenka and Snyatyn regions of Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

Traditional embroidered ‘sorochka’, or shirt, in a style and with motifs popular in the Horodenka and Snyatyn regions of Carpathian Western Ukraine. (Hand embroidered and assembled by Dave Melnychuk)

A collection of traditional ‘sorochkas’, or shirts,  embroidered in various local styles popular in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine, and in particular Horodenka raion villages such as Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil’nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets’, Kotykivka, Stril’che, Potochyshche, Semakivtsi, Korniv, Vikno, Toporivtsi, Soroky, and Verbivtsi. (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)

A collection of traditional ‘sorochkas’, or shirts, embroidered in various local styles popular in the ethnographic region of Pokuttya in Carpathian Western Ukraine, and in particular Horodenka raion villages such as Serafyntsi, Yaseniv-Pil’nyi, Hlushkiv, Chernyatyn, Tyshkivtsi, Chortovets’, Kotykivka, Stril’che, Potochyshche, Semakivtsi, Korniv, Vikno, Toporivtsi, Soroky, and Verbivtsi. (Hand embroidered by Dave Melnychuk)