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Vyshyvanka is a symbol of the unconquered

Traditionally, on the third Thursday of May, we celebrate World Embroidery Day. On this day, the library invited students, teachers and temporarily displaced guests of our city, who have already become our readers, to the holiday. For everyone who came, bright installations of decorative and applied arts were organized: embroidered towels, paintings, painted porcelain dishes, knitted flowers and women's jewelry. Much of this was done by our talented employees. There were also samples of vintage and antique items dating back 40 and even 100 years.
The director, Ms. Lyudmila, made a very interesting review of literature from the department of rare and valuable publications: she showed the oldest book in our collections, the first books of Katerynoslav, collections of books on philosophy in French and Latin languages, banned publications of the German Schweinitsy family. Particular attention was paid to local history publications of the beginning of the 20th century, related to the history of the university. The interest of those present in the context of the holiday was aroused by the unique edition of "Virgil's Aeneid" by Ivan Kotlyarevskyi (1937), which has a genuine Ukrainian cloth as a binding.
Maryna Zaripova, the manager, introduced the bright editions of folk art to those present. Books on Ukrainian embroidery, the history of Ukrainian costume and Ukrainian ethnology, and large albums of museums of Ukrainian folk decorative art were presented. The guests learned what color vyshyvankas were worn in different regions of Ukraine, saw a drawing of a girl's Ukrainian costume from the Dnipropetrovsk region. Students got acquainted with the scientific edition "Verbal texts in folk embroidery" from the "Science book" project and learned what "epigraphic embroidery" or "embroidery with inscriptions" is. The attention of those present was attracted by the wonderful and informative publication "Ukrainian Struy", on which the authors worked for 20 years. Beautifully decorated with photos and drawings, it introduces readers to the evolution of Ukrainian clothing from the princely era to the present day.
The review ended with a meaningful story by Svitlana Sobol, head of the fiction department, about Vyshyvanka in the life of Ukrainian writers. She told how the word "embroidery" came into mass use, which was due to the "cottage" movement that arose in the 1860s, who among the Ukrainian cultural figures liked to wear embroideries, how the writer Olena Pchilka, mother of Lesya Ukrainka, contributed to the world learning about the art of Ukrainian embroidery, what color of embroidery did Ivan Franko wear. The students' attention was drawn to the Drahomanovy-Kosach family album, which contains unique photos from private collections (USA, Canada, Switzerland) from the life of Olga Kosach-Kryveniuk, who was the bearer of Ukrainian tradition among the aristocratic youth of that time.
The meeting ended with a lively discussion of what was seen and heard. Zoya Petrivna Bondarenko, dean of the faculty of psychology and special education, shared her memories of her father's embroidery, the guests exchanged impressions of the holiday and were not bored!
We sincerely thank everyone who shared their love for Vyshyvanka with us and invite everyone who wishes to celebrate with us next year!

  Maryna Zaripova

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