A “sorochka” is a traditional embroidered shirt or blouse. The embroidery patterns vary from region or village where the sorochka was made. The decorative flowers or bands symbolize prosperity and fertility. Ideally the piece is made from cotton or linen. The edges of the sleeves were traditionally embroidered to protect the wearer from the “evil eye”. The poyas (sash) served it’s purpose as well providing an easy place to hold tools.