On March 6, 2023, the Reserve joined the flash mob of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, which was held under the slogan “Not only borscht”. The main task of the flash mob is to popularize the elements of the nonmaterial cultural heritage of Ukraine, increase the level of awareness about it, and recognize the national identity and achievements of the Ukrainian people.

15 years ago, in 2008, Ukraine joined the Convention on the Safeguarding of Nonmaterial Cultural Heritage, which was adopted by UNESCO member states in 2003.

The term “nonmaterial cultural heritage” means customs, forms of display and expression, knowledge and skills, as well as related tools, objects, artifacts, and cultural spaces, which are recognized by communities, groups, and, in some cases, individuals as part of their cultural heritage.

5 elements of the nonmaterial cultural heritage of Ukraine are included in the UNESCO list, and 62 are included in the National list. Among the latter is the technology of “white on white” embroidery from the city of Reshetylivka, Poltava region. The products are characterized by a combination of several techniques: a mesh of various types, cutting, straight and diagonal smoothing, serrations, etc. To contrast the ornament, the craftswoman added unbleached or ash-dyed threads.

The collection of the Reserve includes several women’s shirts decorated with “white on white” embroidery. They came to the stock collection from the city of Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi, the villages of Zavadivka and Sakhnivka, and date back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Today, the tradition of “white on white” embroidery has been lost in the Korsun Region.

The photos show shirts from the fund collection of the Reserve