Woman’s Folk Costume | Polissya, Ukraine


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Origin: Ukraine | Polissya | West Polissya region
Era: WWII era (circa 1930-1950)
Includes: chemise, skirt, apron (kerchief sold separately)
Condition: very good; minor stains; wear to trim on skirt; general signs of age; suitable for both wear and display
Measurements (with garments laying flat):
  Chemise – across front: 25.5″ side to side
  Chemise – length: 37.5″
  Skirt – waist: 26″ (can be adjusted +/- 2″)
  Skirt – length: 25″
  Apron – length: 25″
Additional Notes: The embroidery on this ensemble exemplifies the popularity and spread of floral embroidery designs in eastern Europe in the era following WWI. Bright floral embroidery replaced more historic designs elements in many regions of Europe even where there was no tradition of floral motifs in the local dress. In Polissya, costumes were historically decorated with striped and geometric designs executed primarily in red, black and white. This ensemble is a nice example of how new and old come together as the placement of the multi-colored floral embroidery preserves older traditions, most clearly visible in the cross design on the front of the chemise. The long chemise serves as both blouse and underskirt. The red floral kerchief shown in the first photo is a modern reproduction and while it is not included with the costume it is sold separately and can be purchased here.

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs

Suitable for wear


WWII Era (circa 1930-1950)


Women's clothing