Embroidery Master Exhibits Collection at Ukrainian Museum

Created: 2013-04-25 15:14 EST

Category: World > Europe

Who says embroidery is women's work?

Yuriy Melnychuk has been embroidering for over 20 years.

And he has not only created embroidered masterpieces, but has also trained many others in this art.

[Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]:
"Embroidery calms the nervous system in our crazy times both for women and men. It requires concentration and focus. Embroidery, in fact, is an active meditation."

Melnychuk's favorite pieces have nothing to do with gender or age - they only have to be satisfying.

[Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]:
"I feel this tremendous harmony, greater strength, knowledge, and wisdom. Actually, these three components are ones that we need to cultivate in ourselves."

The director of a museum where Yuriy works says the embroidery master is one-of-a-kind.

[Peter Gonchar, Director, Ivan Honchar Museum]:
"He lives inspired by this. Embroidery for him is not just a technique and something beautiful, but symbolism and a philosophy of life. This is very unusual. Perhaps, there is no one like him in the world today."

Yuriy also studies ancient symbols embroidered on canvas. Traditional Ukrainian embroidery often reflects geometric patterns, flowers, the tree of life - even the swastika.

[Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]:
"This is an image of perpetual motion, endless renewal, the image of the sun that moves."

On the occasion of his 50th birthday, Yuri presented his collection called "Embroidery, Like Life" at the Ivan Honchar Museum, where he's worked for more than 20 years.

This exhibition features over 150 types of embroidery, including outfits for dolls and traditional Ukrainian towels.

[Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]:
"The end of the 19th century - that's one type of embroidery, and the 30 years of the 20th century - it's exactly the opposite. You would think that this is embroidered in another country. And this is the same village."

Yuriy gives lectures on embroidery in schools, and has been invited abroad. The embroidery master`s dream to create a center of Ukrainian embroidery and costume to bring folk art closer to everyone.

[Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]:
"We know that embroidery, work on the potter's wheel and weaving are three crafts that increase our energy field twofold in a few short hours of work. If we practice them all the time, we have no problems with health."

NTD News, Kiev, Ukraine

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