Gunya is a Ukrainian traditional wool coat, originally worn by Hutsul shepherds in the Carpathian mountains. Providing physical protection from severe weather and animals, it has carried a deep symbolic meaning, serving as an amulet.
Design: Ruslana Goncharuk
Material: Ukrainian wool from the Carpathian mountain sheep
Production: Ruslana Goncharuk, Ganna Shatruk
The woven gunyas are made on a two-stage loom using an ancient technique handed down from generation to generation. Each woven model made of wool accompanies a model woven of hemp. All woven models are made by Ruslana Goncharuk. She came to the Netherlands, especially for this. In Eindhoven, together with Dasha Tsapenko and Marjo van Schaik, she made the coloured hemp Gunya and back home the same way she made the coloured woollen Gunya.