Long Embroidered Cotton Chemise | Vinnytsia, Ukraine


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Origin: Ukraine | Vinnytsia area
Era: Mid-20th century (post 1950)
Condition: good; a few faint stains on the back; modified smocking embroidery on cuffs; light signs of wear; suitable for both wear and display
Measurements (with garments laying flat):
   Width: 32″ side to side fully stretched
   Length: 59″
   Sleeves: 29″ from collar to cuff
Additional Notes: Long sleeve dresses called “sorochky” (plural or “sorochka” singular) are the foundation of most Ukrainian folk costumes. Made of linen, hemp or cotton they were the most important element of traditional Ukrainian dress. As these garments were worn directly against the skin, they were considered to be an extension of the wearer and posses some of their spirit and personality. A wide range of embroidery styles were used to decorate the sorochky blouses and at one time they could be used to distinguish regional and village affiliation. This long dress is made of white cotton with hand-embroidered designs on the shoulders. The dress would traditionally end up a bit shorter when worn slightly pulled out over a skirt waistband, but still long enough to allow the bottom hem to show. The desired length can also be set by adding a tuck at the waist. Designed to be worn loose and thus accommodates a range of sizes. The embroidery on the cuffs was modified at some point to allow for a large wrist to fit.

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs

Suitable for wear


Mid 20th Centuty (post-1950)


Women's clothing