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Wedding Ukrainian Rushnyk, Embroidered Towel, 80"


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Wedding Ukrainian Rushnyk, Embroidered Towel, 80"
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SIZE: Length - 80", width - 12"

Color plays a very important symbolic role in traditional Slavic embroidery. Red is the color of life, the sun, fertility and health. The diamond-shaped design of the rushnyk is an ancient agricultural symbol, which means a sown field, or the sun, and expresses the idea of fertility and protection against evil. Ducks, in the centre of the rushnyk, symbolize the element of life-giving water. In wedding folklore a duck and a drake symbolize a bride and a groom, in other words a pair of ducks is a symbol of family life.
During a wedding ceremony, the bride and groom are standing on a Rushnyk called a pidnozhnyk, which translates as step-on towel. What happens to the pidnozhnyk is that the bride will drag the towel behind her, and her bridesmaids follow behind her. Tradition has it that when the bridesmaids follow behind the pidnozhnyk, they are following the path of the bride and hopefully be married.


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