Curious facts about Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

Sewing winter clothes for Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra brethren

Did you know that Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra was in charge of sewing winter clothes for the whole brethren of the Monastery during the 19th – early 20th centuries?

Fur coats with large collars, short fur coats, other types of wear, suits and cloth for suits, mittens as well as money for purchasing boots were given to those, who lived in the monastery estates. Among them there were rassophores, novices, guards and gatekeepers of the Dean’s office, Jeweller’s workshop, St. Nicholas Hospital, Lavra’s Brethren Hospital, Lavra’s hotel for pilgrims, cellarer’s services, novices and women of the Economic department (working as gardeners, cooks, and dairymaids), rassophores and novices of Kytayivska and Holosiivska pustyn, elderly novices and rassophores without obedience at Kytayivska pustyn, rassophore monks and novices of Spaso-Preobrazhenska pustyn, novices and women of Lavra’s candle factory, novices of Lavra’s icon-painting workshop and goldsmiths, novices and temporary workers of Kyiv-Mezhyhirya churches, choir brothers of the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, canonarchs and choir brothers of the Dormition Cathedral, cave and court watchmen, bell-ringers of Near and Far Caves, novice at the Lavra’s bookshop as well as orphans, who were supported by Lavra and lived at the premises of its school of icon-painting etc.

Clothes were purchased according to the lists compiled by the heads of the relevant Lavra departments.

Anna Yanenko

Captions to the illustrations:

1. Lavra courtyard near the Church of All Saints above the Economic Gate. Early 20th century. (Institute of Manuscripts, National Library of Ukraine named after V. Vernadsky, fund № 279, storage unit № 476)

2. Lavra courtyard near the old Refectory church with a Chamber. The end of the 19th century. (From the collection of the National Preserve “Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra”, inv. № KPL-F-9391)


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