Today is August 24, 2015, which is an Independence Day in Ukraine. Happy Independence Day to all Ukrainians, in Ukraine and abroad!
In honor of this day, here are few videos of Ukrainian dances for you guys. I took the videos during my numerous trips to Ukraine, especially to its western part, where I am originally from.
Halychyna dancers from the city of
perform the Arkan Hutsuls dance at the Etnovyr Folk Fest 2011 in their home
Hutsulia dancers from the city of
are performing a Hutsul dance at the traditional Polonyna Summer Festival in
Verkhniy Yaseniv in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast':
Waltz by the Folk Ensemble from the
, Ternopil oblast', western
of Dnistrove Ukraine:
Vychylyas Ukrainian dance by the Nadzbruchanka dancers, Ternopil,
Looking through the pictures of my travels toSo, on the pictures below you can see beaded Easter eggs, handmade by Ukrainian artists from Lviv, the biggest city on the West of Ukraine. I brought many beaded eggs from Lviv. Some of them I showed you already here, on this blog; those ones that I am showing you today I got in my travel to western
I found lots of them that I can create a special album, called "Beaded Art from Ukraine"
(and also made by Ukrainian people, who lives abroad now).
Next beadwork, that I want to share with you, is look quite simple, but it is definitely made with warm hart and fresh inspiration. This is a beaded picture of a butterfly sitting on a chamomile:
The picture has a story. I was shopping for souvenirs at the Vorokhta craft market in
Carpathian Mountains, which are
on the West of Ukraine. Among all those beautiful goodies (wooden crafts, sheep
wool etc) I have noticed this beaded picture and I felt in love with it
immediately. It was something special in it. I have asked a girl-vendor, who
made it. She answered, "I did". She looked pretty young, so I asked,
how old is she, she said, "Eighteen". Of course, I got the picture! Now
it is on the wall in my Canadian home and warming my heart every time I look at
Here is another special picture I brought from
- an icon of the Mother of God. You cannot even say from the fight sight that
it is actually beaded. Looks like painted, but it is embroidered with beads: Ukraine
The picture is very special to me, too, because, first of all, I got it for my birthday gift, and, second of all, it is made by the member of my Ukrainian family - my cousin's wife. Yes, my Ukrainian family branch got such an artistic people!
And finally, here is what I got for Christmas-2014 from my dear friend from USA Daria Iwasko - a beaded Angel, made in colors of Ukrainian flag and with Ukrainian Coat of Arms on it:
Another Angel Christmas ornament I got from Daria is made in colors of Canadian flag - as
is my second home now.
Daria is American artist, originally from
Lviv is her home city. I love Daria's art so much and I am so lucky to have her
as my friend-artist!
To all the beadwork art lovers - western
it is the place to go for it! You can find lots of traditional and contemporary
beadwork items at the Vernisazh Souvenir Market in Lviv, at craft markets in
Yaremche and Vorokhta in Carpathian Mountains, also in
craft stores in Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk.
Happy travels and happy souvenir shopping! :)
In one of our travels to
my husband Ron and I were so lucky to attend the archaeological excavation of
the medieval castle in Skalat, a nice little city on the West of Ukraine,
located in Ternopil oblast.
First mention of the Skalat castle dated by 1379; in 1684 it was rebuilt. The castle was destroyed a lot during the First and Second World Wars. After the Second World War, the castle was used as a warehouse and a dance place.In 1960th, a serious researches and renovations of the castle has began and still going on. We actually got to the one of them, the excavation of year of 2008. It is not my first one archaeological excavation - I used to work at this field before, helping out my friends-archaeologists - but for my husband Ron it was the first time, to attend an event like this. It was definitely an unforgettable experience for him, to dig carefully through the ground, finding all those artefacts, like old tile or so, something that's belong to historical times years and years ago:
The castle itself is a real beauty! It is going to be a nice museum and hotel in the future and a place of real tourist's interest.
And here are some photos Ron and I took in our attendance of the excavations in 2008:
Also, we are filmed a little video, to have for our memories, which we sharing with you. It was a really great experience!