On May 18, Ukrainians all over the world wear embroidered shirts (vyshyvankas). It is a sign of unity and a reminder of our roots. The first clothes with embroidery appeared on Ukrainian territory back in Paleolithic times. A women’s shirt from the village of Mizyn in the Chernihiv region is considered the oldest archaeological find, close to modern embroidered women.
Our ancestors believed that embroidered patterns protect against evil. Later, decorated shirts lost their sacred meaning and became a festive outfit. Today, people wear vyshyvanka not only as beautiful clothes but as a symbol. It has the power to unite those now thousands of kilometers from each other, reminding us that Ukrainian men and women are sovereign people with an ancient history. We are proud of it and ready to fight for it.
Join the celebration – wear an embroidered shirt to work or study.
In these beautiful photos are the families of the participants of the “Stay with Ukraine” project.