Re: Beadwork of Carpathian Mountains (Hutsul, Boyko, Lemko, Bukovina)
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> I am interested in learning about the history of gerdany, sylyanky, drabynky<<snip>>
> etc. what century these began to appear?
According to Posadnitsa Sfandra Dmitrieva Chernigova, who I believe has been teaching classes on beadwork, gerdany originated in the 17th to 18th centuries.
She very briefly mentions this in a class handout here: http://sfandra.webs.com/MedallionGerdan2.doc
But if you contacted her via the listed e-mail address in the handout, I'm sure she would discuss the documentable history in more detail.
(The other source I'd suggest is the Slavic Interest Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sig/ but you've asked the question there already.)