Boots - Ukrainian, Female, Black Leather, 1940s Object Reg. No: HT 22012

Pair of women's traditional black leather Ukrainian folk costume boots, brought to Australia by Parania Abrat when she migrated to Australia in 1949, following her husband, Anton, who arrived as a refugee in late 1948. Ukrainian costume boots tend to be red or black, depending on the regional dances being performed.

Anton and Parania occasionally wore traditional costume at Ukrainian events during their early years in Australia. Their son Wasyl recalls in particular the Ukrainian Christmas choirs at the Good Neighbour Christmas celebrations in Warragul during the mid 1950s. Later, Anton and Parania became Jehovah's Witnesses and withdrew from such celebrations.
Pair of black leather women's boots, plain with stitching down the back calf and around the ankle areas. Raised heel. Worn under sole has steel capping at toe, and numerous small tacks around entire edging. At top of each boot is a series of six metal eyelets through which is threaded a black lace with a leather tassel at the end.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Wasyl Abrat, 2008
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: cultural identity, cultural traditions, traditional costumes, cultural maintenance, boots, communities, ukrainian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Abrat Family, Ukrainian Migrants, 1949
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Clothing
Tertiary Classification: footwear
Place & Date Made: Ukraine, circa 1940s
User: Parania Abrat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s-1960s
References: Our Place in the Sun: 50 Years of Ukrainian Settlement in Australia, Immigration Museum Community Gallery room brochure, 1998-1999

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