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Belarusian national ornament in famous people's clothes

By the way, let us remember an episode a year ago in order to go to the next topic. Our program took an interview with President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, and we presented the head of the Latin American country a Belarusian shirt with embroidery as a souvenir. Mr Correa is a well-known fan of shirts with national patterns. Maybe he will wear it meeting with our President. During the recent Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions in Minsk, President Lukashenko presented a similar shirt with embroidery to Russian President Putin. Belarusian symbolism is becoming popular in the world. Anastasia Benedisyuk continues the topic.

Anastasiya Glushko, artist, ethnographer:
This shirt is a good gift from the Belarusian state to its neighbor. It has state symbols. And this was an official gift.

Which of these shirts were given to presidents Putin and Lukashenko is not known for certain. But one thing is clear: this will be the first such item in the wardrobe of the Russian president.

In general, clothing and accessories with an ornament are already more than a trend. This is a nice gift and a coded message. Such items are in the wardrobes of the president of Ecuador, film star Depardieu, and singer Robbie Williams.

Anastasiya Glushko, artist-ethnographer:
The letters we use are also kind of symbols that carry some information. And here we see the same thing. But this is not an alphabet that can be combined letter by letter to get what you expect to get. Ornament on clothing shows a person’s status.

In fact, an ornament is a kind of raw material (often diamonds, stars and lines), often the same, be it Thailand, North America or Africa. Only the layout of the symbols varies. Thus the image of regions emerges. And of course color plays a huge role. Belarusians, as once all Slavs, used red (symbol of life) and white (purity). It survived until today but some black was added in the 19th century.

Anastasiya Glushko, artist-ethnographer:
We see an ancient symbol - the sun, the best and the most common symbol. Very often, we see fertile land, for example, here. This is the diamond, crosses and grains. You can see stars here too but that's because this is female clothing. This is a wish to this woman to have children.

Loose-fitting dresses-shirts and sundresses in Slavic style with elegant embroided images have conquered the experienced audience in Paris. In Batumi, some Georgians put on such dresses every day.

Another unexpected event: an American manufacturer has produced footwear (the pattern reminds us of Belarusian ornament) with truly male symbols on the ornament.

The major Belarusian airline will soon replace a stork with a cornflower on its logo. The blue flower has long been associated with one of the major musical events in Belarus - Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk.

Valeria Krasotskaya, food service management specialist of the directorate of the festival Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk:
In my hands you can see the currency that is valid only during the Slavonic Bazaar - these are cornflowers.

And this is one of the symbols of Belarus about which the Belarusian poet Maksim Bogdanovich composed poems. This is the famous Slutsk belt. It indicated the welfare of the owner. It is not surprising since from 400 to 800 grams of gold was used in order to manufacture one. But the hands of Belarusian weavers cannot be compared even to gold. By the way, their craft lives in Belarus even today, in the 21st century.

Oksana Vinogradova, designer:
USA, Canada, absolutely all of Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. Anything that can come to your mind. The latest order was from India.

This is a workshop with three looms. For several years, the local staff has been sewing clothes according to ancient (including Slutsk) traditions: slings, wraps and shawls. For now, this is a blank sheet, but we don't doubt that blue cornflowers and golden ears of corn, as well as the national ornament will soon appear on it. These are the symbols of Belarus' life and peace. They seem to be Belarusians' genetic code.

Belarusian national patterns in famous people's clothes