Colourful Ukrainian Vyshyvanka walk comes to Central London

Over one hundred Ukrainians marched through Central London on Saturday May 25, 2013, celebrating the traditional Ukrainian embroidery costume Vyshyvanka. The walk was held at the same time as a Vyshyvanka Mega march in Ukraine, which saw thousands of young Ukrainians come out on to the streets of the capital, Kyiv, dressed in traditional costume. 

Vyshyvanka is the Ukrainian traditional clothing which contains elements of ethnic embroidery. It is usually made of homemade linen and regional features are often represented in the shirt’s ornamental pattern. The art of embroidery in Ukraine traces its roots back to the pre-Christian period.

The London walk commenced at Trafalgar Square and headed down The Mall, Constitution Hill, through Hyde Park and concluded at the St. Volodymyr Statue next to the Ukrainian Institute in Holland Park.

This was the first Vyshyvanka walk to take place in London with the organisers now planning to turn the walk in to an annual event.