Arts and crafts

Lviv National Art Gallery

Decision to establish gallery of European art in Lviv was made by city magistrate in 1897. In 1902, there were appeared first exhibits by painters: V. Leopol'skyy “Death of poet Atsern”, “Miser”, Yan Styk, F. Vyhzhyval's'kyy, Yan Mateyko and Ye. Okun’. In early 1907 at magistrate expense was acquired collection of Western art of Ukrainian sugar magnate from the village Sytkivtsi on Podolia Ivan Yakovlevich, which were consist of about 2000 items, including more than 400 paintings. February 14, 1907, this collection was moved to the city and this date is considered to be the...

Petrykivka Decorative Painting (Folk Art)

Petrykivka: historical facts There is a village in Dnipropetrovs'ka district with name Petrykivka. It is one of a few places, where folk arts are kept. Peter Kalnyshevsky founded Petrykyvka 230 years ago. It was the custom in that village: all women painted huts’ walls with floral colorful patterns. These designs were ornamented by special brushes that were made of cat's fur, as well as wrapped with soft cloth matches or just with fingers. Paints were diluted with milk and eggs and colors were chosen to match all the colors of nature - the brightest. Hostesses organized some kind of...

Ukrainian Vyshyvanka: Embroidered Blouse with a Code of the Nation

Ukrainian Vyshyvanka - is the colloquial name of the traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirt. History of vyshyvankas, technician and methods of her implementation are by the world-wide type of art of the Ukrainian people. History of Ukrainian Vyshyvanka Blouse When exactly history of Ukrainian Vyshyvanka blouse takes beginning, for certain not it is known. Her origin and development took place gradually, absorbing in itself various elements of patterns, decorative patterns that symbolized perception of the world and belief of Ukrainians. The history of the Ukrainian nation, its mentality and...


Arts and crafts of Ukrainians, who inhabit the south-east Europe and belong to ancient Slavic folk roots, has reached a high level of development. Two sources nurtured Ukrainian arts and crafts – temperamental, sensual character of the people and a multicolored landscape of their homeland. Slavic nature organically blends naturally influence and gave them the motive of longing and melancholy. Stormy vicissitudes of Ukrainian history brought Asian influence. The peculiarity of Ukrainian arts and crafts in that it was able to synthesize various influences and guide them according to Ukrainian identity. Other people’s motives and to adopt soon organically absorbed in the fabric of the local art ornament. Each of the many motives Ukrainian embroidery art home affects the harmony and tranquility, despite the riot of colors and saturation ornamental composition, despite the undoubted Asian elements, in spite of diverse techniques. This artistic maturity, allows the brightness of the purchase especially expressive color combinations and combinations of figures, showing a significant difference Ukrainian folk art from the original Russian kin. Life-affirming and sensual element gives clarity softens melancholy and avoid dark mysticism.

As Ukrainian blue sky and bright gold endless cornfields united in Ukrainian national colors, so the richness of Ukrainian nature, cheerfulness Folkways and hard work took shape in various crafts. In folk embroidery and homespun fabrics can fully express the nature of inspiration and mood. The Ukrainian national costume, and, especially, women’s clothing embroidery wealth is extremely large, the patterns are never repeated. Pagan symbols have many mutated forms. In the art of weaving can be seen as a variety. Most of the population self-woven fabric using thread of its own production. Paints are made according to old recipes. Wealth shapes and colors homespun products are no glaring and unpleasant.

This topic will tell you about the most famous and wrong unknown arts and crafts of Ukraine, which impressed by its mastery and originality.