“Did Vika tell you to come to my shop with her now?” asks Natalia.
“No, but I will come.” I answer.
Tea and chocolates with Natalia, Vika, & N’s mom in the fabric shop.
“Now let’s go on an excursion to the Черемшина museum where my husband works. We can have a photo session!”
“Okay.” (Why refuse? I have no immediate plans. I wonder what this photo session will entail…Ukrainians love a good “foto sesia” (Фотосесія).)
At the museum I am introduced to Petro, Natalia’s husband, and his mother, who shows us around the museum. Marko Cheremshyna (1874-1927) was a famous lawyer — he rubbed elbows with the likes of Vasyl Stefanyk, Ivan Franko, and others — who came to reside in Sniatyn (hence the museum dedicated to him).
“Who will put these on? Tammela?”
“Okaaay…” begrudgingly, but with a smile.
First, the long nightgown-like under-dress. Then the cloth wrapped around my waist folded up in front and secured with a woven belt. Next the fur-lined leather vest (to be changed later for the full coat version, and then for a light vest in a Sniatyn-specific pattern). On my feet go the clunky wooden shoes — how could they walk in these? The clothes are heavy, too.
Natalia tells me where to stand/sit as she snaps photos and laughs happily.