Dasha Tsapenko, Marjo Van Schaik, Ruslana Goncharuk

Growing Gunya

Totemic Apparel for this Winter by Dasha Tsapenko, Ruslana Goncharuk & Marjo Van Schaik

Gunya is a Ukrainian traditional wool coat, originally worn by Hutsul shepherds in the Carpathian mountains.

Providing physical protection from severe weather and animals, throughout the years it has carried a deep symbolic meaning, serving as an amulet for its owners. Using the classic shepherd’s coat as a template, we tell stories of local materials, natural components and living organisms. The use of different cellulose and protein based materials in combination with natural dyeing techniques show the ample variety of outcomes and possibilities.