Floral Headpieces Worn Thousands Of Year Ago Are Now Being Reborn.
In the Ukraine, unmarried women have traditionally worn beautifully woven floral crowns on their heads. This custom is several centuries old. It began with girls being given or making a wreath that they would use during a significant moment in their lives. They would also wear these crowns during festivals or on feast days. But these floral wreaths, which are called Vinok, aren't just made using random flowers. Each color and type of flower has a specific meaning tailored to the event or the individual who is wearing them. And to say that these crowns are a symbol of Ukrainian tradition would be an understatement. So a Ukrainian studio called Treti Pivni, or Third Roosters, has been using old photographs to recreate some of the most stunning looks ever.
No one really knows where the Ukrainians adopted the tradition from, but there are some theories.
Some believe that the tradition comes from Byzantine and ancient Greek traditions. And if you're wondering why they look so magical, it's because people used to believe that these crowns had the power to ward off evil.
Flowers aren't always in season, particularly in the winter time, so the Ukrainians compromised.
Whenever they had access to fresh flowers and foliage, they would use them as material to make the crowns. But when they didn't have these things, they would use fabric, wax, or even make flowers out of paper.
To this day, the tradition of floral wreaths continue and people are getting very creative.
Some people will use more than flowers to decorate their crowns. In certain regions, feathers, coins, and grasses were also woven into the mix in order to accentuate the look of the crown.
The only issue with wearing something this big on your head is figuring out what to do with your hair.
The hair is covered using long ribbons, which hangs from the back of the wreath. The color of the ribbons each represent something different. For example, blue symbolized the water and the sky, pink was for abundance, green was for purity, and yellow was for the sun.
The flowers that are chosen for the crown also represent something particularly powerful.
Take mint, for example. Did you know that the Ukrainians used it as a talisman to keep their children safe from otherworldly harm? On the other hand, sunflowers were used to represent things like loyalty and devotion.
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