Today’s #JoeyWorldProject costume was sent from our new friends Alona and Melania from #Ukraine. 🇺🇦 This makes the second costume from Ukraine! It is a little different from the other Ukrainian dress that Joey wore previously This one has a floral wreath or vinok on her head which Alona wrote symbolizes the sun which rises as well as happiness, peace, power, chastity, youth, glory and holiness. It is often made up of an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, and even twigs. I found out something new about the #vyshyvanka (embroidered top). History shows that the vyshyvanka was used as a talisman to protect the person wearing it and also to tell a story. Embroidery was used in vulnerable places on the garment where evil spirits could potentially enter the body: along the neckline, cuffs, shoulders, back and hem. The skirt-like belt that Joey is wearing is called a zapaska and it was a symbol of fertility for girls. Love that each country has various types of traditional wear. Thank you so much Alona for sending this beautiful outfit our way!