Volunteer: Angela Matusik
Contributions from Angela Matusik
In Western Ukraine, the Hutsuls are renowned for their embroidery. There are many different groups (similar to clans) that each have their own recognizable style. Every year there is a festival to celebrate Hutsul culture in Verhovena and other places. This picture shows one vendor's embroidery for sale.
Winters in Ukraine are very long and very cold. However, sunny days always bring people out. This picture shows two typical Kosiv men sitting on a wool blanket that was woven in Kosiv with some beautiful homes in the background. The men are hauling a "sleigh" that is full of hay that was cut and stored in the spring/summer. Horse-drawn vehicles are a typical sight in Kosiv. It is called a sleigh because of the "skates" used in winter instead of wheels (which are found...
As the first Peace Corps Volunteer (and practically the first American) in the small town of Kosiv in western Ukraine, it took a while for trust to be built. Being invited to the Valentine's Day festivities at the local primary school was very special. These two little children were chosen as the "king and queen" of Valentine's Day and happily danced for everyone.