The men and women of the Orlan are proud to have more than one set of Hopak costumes. This particular wardrobe is highlighted by the finest woven wool skirt of the women's costume. This long navy wrap-around skirt is adorned with a beautiful arrangement of field flowers and wheat sprays. Blouses, ablaze with poppies, are tucked in at the waist and held in place with a red sash. The wreath and fluttering ribbons crown the head with vibrant colours. The men wear shirts with billowy sleeves embroidered in red, wine and black. Very wide velvet sharovary (pants) are sashed at the waist with a red and blue woven poias that has a special twist to let the ends hang on both sides. Red leather boots complete the ensemble.

Info supplied by Kossack's Korner - Jake Kalyta