Mother Earth - a powerful defense of the family and home. This pattern certainly embroidered on rushnyk when sent to a husband or a son in the war. - Charm: what patterns are considered to be the most powerful -
I’ve come to associate these female figures in Slavic embroidery as the goddess Mokosh. In Elizabeth Wayland Barber’s book The Dancing Goddess: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance she identifies them as Bereghinya “Protectress”.