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26 June 2017, 14:18

Makei: Vyshyvanka is a national symbol for Belarusians

Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MINSK, 26 June (BelTA) – Vyshyvanka (traditional embroidered shirt) is a national symbol for Belarusians, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said during the Day of Belarusian Vyshyvanka event on 25 June, BelTA has learned.

“Vyshyvanka is a national symbol for us. The patterns used to embroider these shirts have never promoted violence or evil. Quite the contrary, they promote goodness and peacefulness. They reflect the mentality of the Belarusian people, our spirit,” Vladimir Makei emphasized. He pointed out that the patterns inspire calmness and tranquility in all people contemplating them.

Vladimir Makei believes that vyshyvankas have never been out of fashion. “It is a natural thing that today they enjoy great attention. New generations of Belarusians come to this world. They will take care of the country in which they will build their future. It is natural that more attention is now given to the traditional patterns, costumes, cuisine, that is to everything that we call our national symbols,” the minister of foreign affairs said.

Vladimir Makei told the media that he has recently presented vyshyvankas as gifts to his friends living abroad. “When I travel abroad, be it for work or leisure, I often take vyshyvankas with me, they are very popular,” the minister noted.

BelTA reported earlier that the heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in Belarus and their families participated in a festive event Day of Belarusian Vyshyvanka on 25 June at the invitation of the Belarusian minister of foreign affairs. The event was held in the run-up to the Belarus Independence Day celebrations.

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