Now that I think of it, I thought I’d be getting way more requests for korovayi incorporating the red berries of kalyna. Kalyna, the Ukrainian name for the shrub Viburnum opulus (common name guelder-rose), is an integral part of Ukrainian folklore and culture. It is mentioned and depicted in songs, poetry, art and embroidery – symbolizing among many things, beauty, love, purity, companionship, loyalty and true love.
I was delighted to hear that a lady in Winnipeg, Manitoba, wished to incorporate the quintessential Ukrainian berry into her daughter’s wedding korovai. The bride’s wedding colours were green and ivory with touches of gold, but she said she would love to have a pop of red kalyna as well. We agreed that two rows of these luscious red berries intertwined with periwinkle would look beautiful around the middle and top of the korovai.
This korovai was designed entirely by the mother of the bride. She was very specific in her requests and had a great eye for detail. During our phone conversations, she questioned whether the korovai would end up looking too busy, but when she saw the photos, she was very happy with the way it turned out. And so was I.
Winnipeg, MB, Canada