Linen suit with gold Ukrainian ornament
Linen suit “Sarmatian embroidery”
Black with gold embroidery
The oldest Ukrainian motifs were geometric patterns, such as the spirals of the Trypillian culture. Wavy lines, rhombuses, zigzags, meanders, circles, dots - these were the first fragments of Ukrainian ornament.
On the clothes of the Sarmatians, who were known in the Dnieper region from the 3rd century BC. colored embroidery on the clothes of poorer Sarmatian women. “The extraordinary expressiveness and precision of the design was achieved by the fact that each element was outlined in gold. Of particular interest is the gold embroidery, made using a previously unknown technique of spinning gold threads. It consisted of wrapping a silk thread with a thin ribbon of pure gold, the spirals of which were tightly wound on each other, forming a thread that looked like solid gold.” (T. Kara-Vasilieva. “History of Ukrainian embroidery.”)