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Carpet. The end of XIX - begining of XX century.
(Shevchenkovo village, Malin region)

#11-12 (3-4).2000
page 18
N. Kobylinska

TAPESTRIES OF ZHYTOMYR POLISSIA

The scientist from Zhytomyr regional ethnography museum N. Kobylinska speaks about tapestries of South Zhytomyr region, where the folk art has saved its primitive and archaic character. Tapestry making achieved its flourishing in XVII - at the beginning of XIX centuries and existed only in free from serfdom "noble" villages of Korosten, Ovrutsk, Malyn and Lugynsk regions. Among the techniques the most ancient and widely used was so called technique "in lowering". The other method is weaving "in store". The most widely used colors are red, green, white, yellow, black, blue. The red color was a solemn color and a color of life among a great number of peoples. The Slavs gave it also the meaning of protection. The green color is the symbol of spring, the blue - of Gods, the yellow and white gained the meaning of holiness and leadership. Tapestry from Podil brings cipher system of Drevliane pagan world outlook, whose descendants are Polishchuks (Drevliane, Polishchuks - are ancient inhabitants of definite Ukrainian regions). Popular geometry, plant, zoomorphism motives are connected with the ancient symbolism of signs. The variety of design, its meaning go deep into spiritual objective reality of Ukrainian people.

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