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@Sviatogor Biggest American butts can be found in Mexican garbage fast-food restaurants, McDonald’s and Walmart stores. (See YT for video evidence. lol)  I think big butts look horrid, but are popular because of Kim Kardashian, I assume. Many American butts are big and broad due to poor diet and lack of exercise.  It is a national crisis, in my view. A slim figure looks best in all clothing. Americans need to take better care of their bodies and health. 

To the topic…
Young Ukrainian woman from Vinnytsia, Ukraine wearing a costume made from Volyn Serpanok fabric. This fabric has been revived by the RESEARCH AND
RENAISSANCE CENTER VOLYN. 


The first written
reference to serpanok dates back to 1565. The Volynian serpanok clothing is
unique apparel made of bleached, transparent and amazingly soft textile. It is
similar in appearance to the pride of the morning. Such fabric was produced by
weaving textile fibres as fine as gossamer. It is considered to be the pinnacle
of craftsmanship not only because it is woven with extremely fine threads, but
also because the weaving process is far too painstaking. The bleaching process
along lasted six months.

Modern scientists believe
such clothing may have been the prototype of modern wedding dresses. However,
the weaving techniques were considered lost for over 100 years. Some
researchers wrote: “The fabric as such does not exist, but the word is
still in use…” Yet, several unique serpanok wedding dresses dating from
the late 19th and early 20th century were spotted in the second half of the
twentieth century in the territory of Volyn. There also were witnesses and in
fact craftswomen, who could handle advanced weaving techniques of making
Ukrainian muslin.

In ancient times,
according to some historical sources, even princes would order serpanok fabric,
which was woven for them by the best craftswomen. Such clothing was a dream of
every girl; brides used to wear it when led to the altar; it was given to close
relatives as a present and used during many rites. “From wedding till her
dying day, the bride would not part with serpanok.”

In the territory of Volyn
it was produced by ordinary peasant women using a special sort of flux known as
“luschyk”, which was cultivated with lots of care. In ancient times,
it could take a skilled weaver about a year to create a full serpanok costume.
Therefore, there is no doubt that serpanok clothing was of a great value.

Ukrainian muslin costumes
were defined by special lightness; were very soft to the touch; did not require
much adorning; and were indicative of the aesthetic sense of peasant
craftswomen. Serpanok dresses were complemented with adornments called dukach –
silver coins framed in metal or coral elements.

Many Ukrainian writers
wrote about serpanok, in particular Lesya Ukrainka in her phantasmagoria Lisova
Pisnia (Forest Song).

Until recently, serpanok
was considered as an unrealistic thing, as a fiction and a figment of the
imagination. So, when Research and Revival Centre of Volyn reconstructed
serpanok fabric, it became obvious for everyone that we managed to “revive
the legend”. At present, among all the Ukrainian museums only a few
possess genuine serpanok costumes “from one chest” dating from the
mid 19th – early 20th centuries.

The best and most gifted
weavers of Volynian Legends Workshop created a unique collection of serpanok
costumes modelled on pieces found in museums and private collections. They also
have started working on a new clothing line of modern serpanok
garments using ancient techniques to weave, tailor and decorate clothes.

Video of Serpanok workshop. English subtitles. The Miss Ukrainian Canada contestant 2016 from Volyn/Rivne region wore a costume of Serpanok fabric for the pageant. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUmz3shl0HE