Hello all, Today I will continue with part of the Hutsul costume. This is a topic I could continue to write on for quite a long time, books could [and have] been written on the subject, and i will return to Hutsul textile art. Today I will restrict my writing to one garment, the Kyptar, also spelled Keptar. This is the sheepskin vest which is so distinctive to the Hutsul costume. The sheepskin vest itself is of course worn throughout the Carpathian region and beyond, by Polish, Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanians, Croatians, Bulgarians, and also in other parts of Ukraine, and some of them are very richly decorated, but the Hutsul Kyptar is obvious at a glance. The cut is very simple, the sides being straight or slightly expanding towards the bottom. Unusually, neither the cut nor the ornamentation varies by gender. The only difference between a man's Kyptar and a woman's is the size, You can see in the two photos above, that they are equally elaborate. The fleece is always worn on the inside, unlike some places in Western Europe, where they wear the fleece on the outside.
IV. Rakhiw style. The following four photos show the style of kyptar found in the southwest part of the Hutsul region, around the town of Rakhiw in the Transcarpathian oblast. This is typically cut somewhat shorter than usual. The sylianky appear around the armholes and collar, and form part of the front panel. There are rows of braided stitch between them in the front panel. The teeth on the edge of the front panel are larger and fewer, curved and have more elaborate embroidery along their edges. This embroidery is echoed along the inner edges of the armholes and the bottom edge. The pompoms are still here. The lambskin has disappeared, its place being taken on the bottom edge and armholes by moroccan leather applique, and on the front and collar by patchwork made of fur. Tassels have appeared, on the front panel, and on decorative cords which hang down the back. There are embroidered floral motifs which appear on the front lower corners, which may also be echoed on the lower back as in the bottom garment shown here.