Star Wars: Luke Skywalker raises funds for drones for Ukraine
On the occasion of World Vyshyvanka Day, as part of the project to support Ukraine, UNITED24 created exclusive embroidered shirts for platform ambassadors from all over the world. Everyone can win one of these vyshyvankas, which have U24 ambassadors by making a small donation.
For example, the embroidery of Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, shows geometric patterns with Jedi lightsabers, as a reference to the franchise.
In his statement, Mark Hamill calls on everyone to join the help of Ukraine in the fight against evil, and make their contribution to 10 RQ-35 Heidrun reconnaissance drones.
RQ-35 Heidrun has proven to be an efficient and easy-to-operate UAV for reconnaissance missions. Its reliable radio system is capable of resisting electronic warfare. The drone transmits video images in real time, which allows to receive intelligence data without putting the operator in danger.
In general, the basis of each embroidered shirt for U24 ambassadors were patterns from different regions of Ukraine, supplemented with elements associated with each ambassador.
The shit of Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, for example, has typical of traditional embroidery of Eastern Podillia. Stylized animals, such as horses, are usually embroidered there, but this shirt is depicted with stylized dragons instead.
On the shirt of country star Brad Paisley was added fringe accessory inspired by the work of Ukrainian artist Oleksandr Saienko.
The design of Andrii Shevchenko's vyshyvanka is based on the traditional geometric embroidery of Kyiv Oblast with a chestnut leaf motif, which has always reminded him of his hometown.
The ornament on the vyshyvanka of Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius is characteristic of Volyn, because his grandmother was from Kovel.
A dark blue shirt of Scott Kelly with embroidered stars and celestial bodies will reminds him of two important trips: to outer space and to Ukraine.
Katheryn Winnick’s vyshyvanka features traditional elements of Galicia, where her grandfather and grandmother came from. Liev Schreiber's embroidered shirt reminds him of his Ukrainian ancestry from Odesa.
To create Demna's vyshyvanka was used a traditional Zhytomyr ornament depicting a cross as a sign of respect for his native Georgia.
You can't buy any of these vyshyvankas. However, you can win one by making USD 24 donation. Fundraising runs from May 18 to June 1. The number of contributions from one participant is unlimited.