White Aster of Love is a limited edition
of the lyrical poetry of Iryna Senyk and features her exquisite embroidered
dress patterns for contemporary fashions.
Iryna Senyk was born in Lviv, Ukraine, in 1926. During her university
years she was arrested and languished for twenty horrific years as a
political prisoner in Soviet hard-labour camps. Indescribable suffering,
hunger, degradation, failed to crush her invincible spirit
This spirit is dramatically expressed in Senyk's poetry. Her burning
love of beauty and of colour is reflected her delicate embroidery and
the artistic ornamentation that accompanies her verses.
Numerous photographs illustrate the ways that Ukrainian embroidery can
be fashionably adapted to elegant styles.
To commemorate the Centennial of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada, the
Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada at St. Demetrius Church
in Etobicoke, Ontario, has published White Aster of Love. Our intrepid
Ukrainian pioneers left a rich cultural and spiritual legacy. To foster
this precious gift, we offer White Aster of Love.
In gratitude, we return to Ukraine a veritable treasure: the poetry
and embroidery of a talented daughter, Iryna Senyk.
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