Nostalgic Painting of a Cossack
This weekend there was a Polish-Ukrainian Cossack event a bus ride away at the open-air museum of Mamajeva Sloboda. There are Cossack houses, churches, a restaurant. We hoped to see some of their famous horsemanship, but alas, it wasn't on the schedule.
This doorway is the traditional shape of a Cossack door. Travelers can tell from a distance that the house belongs to a Cossack simply by the shape of the door. There is always a horseshoe nailed to the threshold. For good luck, step on the horseshoe as you enter the house.
In their free time, wives and daughters embroidered exquisite textiles for the house and to wear. They also might make beeswax candles. At the small outdoor restaurant, we had a cossack lunch of homemade juice called "uzvar" made from a mixture of boiled dried fruits and spices, a very potent cossack alcohol, potato pancakes, and a dish of cookies shaped like larks. The table was charmingly set with Cossack textiles, terracotta dishes and glasses, and wooden forks.
A Cossack with the traditional hairdo, called oseledets, and earring. This hairstyle identified the wearer as a Cossack. It doesn't seem very practical because every time the wind blew he had to re twist the lock of hair and secure it behind his ear. Nice outfit, though.
At the blacksmith's house, a long wooden stick with an iron loop was used to place and remove pots from the oven.
Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a Three-Domed Cossack Church)