... in the Carpathian mountains

by Ksenia Les

The better America (Issue IV/2020)

  • Photo: Ksenia Les

    Photo: Ksenia Les

  • Photo: Ksenia Les

    Photo: Ksenia Les


Most Hutsuls are very hospitable but do not like crowds. For this reason, they build their homesteads very remotely, separated from their neighbours by wide meadows. This three hectare farm is located in the Ukrainian village of Cheretiv, at an altitude of 800 metres. It consists of two houses, built for two generations the family, a stable, a warehouse, an orchard and a pasture.

The house was built by Ivan Tekenuk himself in 2002. The walls are decorated with colourful woollen blankets (“lizhnyk”) and carpets, which Ivan's wife Marichka made by hand. They also serve as insulation. The metal sheets on the outside of the house are also typical of the region. They are hammered from the back to form geometric patterns, shaped like animals, plants or even religious motifs. In 2019 the family decided to move closer to the city. They sold the land to friends who founded the Tepla Gora (“Warm Mountain”) Eco-centre there. After a renovation, Ivan's house is now to become a hostel.



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