Ukrainian folk art
Since ancient times Ukrainians have decorated their homes and
embellished their lives with hand crafted objects. Folk handicrafts were
used at times of celebration as well as in everyday life. Skills and
traditions were passed from generation to generation. The love and
appreciation of beauty created an esthetic environment. In homes,
engraved wooden containers were decorated with scenes from the lives of
folk heroes. Porcelain vases filled with flowers stood on carved wooden
shelves. Blossoms were painted on stoves and embroidered onto shirts.
Exotic flowers, branches of snowball trees (symbolizing the love for
one's native land, a girl's beauty and a mother's love), tender buds and
plants are depicted in bold colors.
It is thought that this style of ornamental painting appeared at the
same time as the tradition to decorate eggs with colorful, magic
symbols. It was believed that eggs adorned with those symbols would
protect one from evil. After the introduction of Christianity, the
meanings of these symbols changed. For example, a legend arose that
these painted eggs formed out of Christ's tears. Meanings of some
symbols have survived to this day: a lily, for instance, symbolized
virginity. Buds and leaves represented birth, growth and the continuity
of life. A blossoming poppy was thought to protect one from evil and
negative energy. The Ukrainian decorative folk art of the 20th c. is a
diverse, multi-faced and complicated artistic phenomenon, that has been
developing for a century now in the sphere of traditional domestic art,
professional artists activity and artistic trades, where craftsmen and
artists make team-work aiming at preservation and further development of
traditions. The qualitative changes take place in the art of the 20th c.
They pertain to the functioning of the new forms of popular culture, its
inclusion into cultural and artistic space, as well as social being of
popular craftsmen, education, participation in international and
domestic artistic exhibitions, public acknowledgment and celebration. A
new type of popular craftsman is in the making, bright creative
personalities tend to appear. People and folk creation become the
foundation of national culture. Early in the 20th c. the creative
intelligentsia turned to popular art, started collecting and bringing
about museums, devising theoretical basis for the notion of "folk art".
The mutual influence of popular and professional art, deep structural
modifications, associated with forming of stylistic trends, esp.
Ukrainian decorative folk art
What is Tapestry
The art of weaving stands among the oldest the human ever tried to.
Things that will keep you warm in the outer coldness. Things that
beloved wife will lay her very care into. Things into which the young
maid will lay her expectations into for the future fianc?. May it be the
work of the spider which attracted attention of the first weaver, or the
perturbations of the sunbeams seen and passed into the laces, is never