May 8, 2010

Ukrainian RUSHNIK

These decorative Ukrainian hand towels (called rushniky [plural]) are used in a ceremonial manner, often for weddings or funerals.

The red symbolizes life, the sun, fertility and health.1 Additionally, they often have regional stitching and use floral or animal motifs.

If I were to happen upon an outdoor market full of hanging rushniky, I think I'd be in proverbial Heaven.

Image source: en.wikipedia.org

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