Petrykivka painting: what makes this technique special?
18 April 2020

Petrykivka painting: what makes this technique special?

Decorative painting is one of the brightest pages in the history of Ukrainian culture. Names of the artists from a small village in Dnipropetrovska oblast who has mastered this technique are widely known beyond our country. Why? Let’s see.

Graphic motives which at first were used mostly as wall ornaments soon became commonly used to decorate household objects, musical instruments, souvenirs and toys. Nowadays they can also be seen on textile and typographic products. There’s magic in these precise lines, contrastive colours and openwork patterns, bewitching and putting a beholder into a state of deep esthetic pleasure. Perhaps, that is where lies the secret of their popularity.

Despite the fact that the birth of this technique is usually dated the beginning of the twentieth century, it began developing long before that. A well defined set of recognizable images used in Petrykivsky painting came into existence as a result of the transfer of Zaporozhsky kossacks traditions from one generation to the next. First items decorated with it, which now can be seen in museums, date XVIII century.

Special traits of petrikivka style

Petrivka paining is recognizable mostly thanks to the predominance of floral patterns in it. Yet it’s not what makes it special. Images abound in non existing plants that are combinations of the elements of local flora (for instance, atraphaxis replicata or allium). Existing plants, such as roses, asters, bluettes, dahlias, vine leaves and clusters of snowball tree berries appear to be somewhat surreal. Featherlike leaves reminding fern are also a common element. Patterns are traditionally inserted on black, white or golden groundwork. Abundance of bright colours and richness of images are associated with prosperity, well-being and lightheartedness. This is the source of these items’ appeal.

Another unique characteristic is a refusal to draft sketches. Artists insert the pattern right away without drafting the lines of a future image. Most commonly used tools are thin brushes and stems. Some elements are introduced using nothing but fingers. The process of painting is often compared with meditation as it requires maximum concentration and confidence, smoothness and precision in every movement.

Symbolism in Petrykivka painting

Another distinctive feature of Petrykivka painting is its symbolic nature: every colour and pattern has its own meaning, which gives every painted object special significance. For instance, snowball symbolizes prosperity, hollyhock – fame and nobility, irises – a new beginning, a dawn of new life. Therefore, if you buy Petrykivka style painted gifts, they will be not only a home decoration, but also a sort of charm, your non verbal wishes expressed by the elements of the painting.

Worldwide famous

In 2013 this decorative technique originating from a small Ukrainian village was acknowledged a part of world’s intangible cultural heritage and was included in the corresponding list of UNESCO. This was a significant event for the whole Ukrainian nation giving us another reason to be proud of our history and culture.

Ukrainian gifts decorated with Petrykivka painting

Nowadays decorative painting on wood has become the most popular. Various souvenirs made using this technique can be found in thousands of houses in Ukraine and all over the world. The most original and commonly used items are painted jewel-boxes and Christmas tree decorations. Once canonical black groundwork is now replaced with a multitude of bright colours, which allows every artist to keep to his/her unique style using favourite colours and ornaments. However, the very fact that every such item is hand-crafted by a master of Petrykivsky style painting is enough to make it unique.

Gifts presented by Ukrgifts are made of natural wood, painted with honey-based paints and then glazed with mat or sleek lacquer. They are fully hand crafted and reflect all the richness and uniqueness of Ukrainian culture. Their value is beyond any doubt.

Our Christmasmarkets in Germany and Austria
02 November 2019

Berliner Weihnachtszeit am Roten Rathaus

vom 25. November bis 06. Januar 2019
Mo. – Fr.: 12-22 Uhr, Sa. – So.: 11-22 Uhr

Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg

vom 25. November bis 26. Dezember 2019
Mo. – Do.: 14-22 Uhr, Fr.- So.: 12-22 Uhr
Weihnachtsmarkt am Kölner Dom 25. November bis 23. Dezember 2019 
So-Mi: 11.00 bis 21.00 Uhr
Do-Fr: 11.00 bis 22.00 Uhr
Sa: 10.00 bis 22.00 Uhr
Aachener Weihnachtsmarktz (TOP 10 European best Christmas Markets)
vom 22. November bis 23. Dezember 2019
Mo. – Fr.: 12-22 Uhr, Sa. – So.: 11-22 Uhr

Weihnachtsmarkt am Heinrich Heine Platz (Engelchen Markt)
vom 22. November bis 30. Dezember 2019
Mo. – Do.: 11-20 Uhr, Fr. – So.: 11-21 Uhr
Wiener Weihnachtstraum auf dem Rathausplatz 2019
Vom 15. November bis 26. Dezember 2019
Mo. – Do.: 10-21:30 Uhr, Fr. – So.: 10-22 Uhr
32. Altwiener Christkindlmarkt
vom 16. November bis 23. Dezember auf der Freyung vor der Schottenkirche 
Täglich von 10.00 — 21.00 Uhr
Schloss Hof Weihnachtsmarkt 2019
Sa., 16. und So., 17. November | 10.00 bis 19.00 Uhr
Sa., 23. und So., 24. November | 10.00 bis 19.00 Uhr
Sa., 30. und So., 1. Dezember | 10.00 bis 19.00 Uhr
Sa., 7. und So., 8. Dezember | 10.00 bis 19.00 Uhr
Sa., 14. und So., 15. Dezember | 10.00 bis 19.00 Uhr
Sa., 21. und So., 22. Dezember | 10.00 bis 19.00 Uhr
Innsbruck Altstadt
vom 16. November bis 23. Dezember 
Täglich von 11.00 — 21.00 Uhr
13 February 2019

Where you can buy ukrainian hand painted Easter ornaments and ceramic?
Of course in
This Year we take part in the following markets in Germany and Austria:

Ukrainian gifts at the Chistmas markets in Germany and Austria
19 September 2018

Where you can buy ukrainian hand painted Сhristmas ornaments and ceramic?
This Year we take part in the following Christmasmarkets in Germany and Austria.


Free workshops for Petrykivka painting at the International Donau Festival in Ulm (July 6th - 15th, 2018)
10 June 2018
Dear friend, takes part in the International Danube Festival Ulm (July 6th - 15th, 2018).
Every day there will be free Petrykivka painting workshops at our stand! We invite adults and children!
You can learn the basic elements of this traditional art even if you've never painted before!


Ukrainian Petrykivka Painting on the 6. Europafest, 18.05. - 21.05.2018 in Magdeburf (Germany)
02 May 2018

Dear friends,

We take part on 6. Europafest, 18.05. - 21.05.2018.
A lot of ukrainian hand-made and hand-painted things with Perykivka Painting


We are in Eastermasmarkets of Germany and Austria!
05 March 2018

We continue to acquaint European inhabitants and its guests with Ukrainian traditions of handicraft, as well as with Ukrainian culture highlight that is Petrykivka painting.
There are not only traditional Pysanky, but also our favorite wooden painted birds, chickens, cockerels, bunnies and other animals, as well as beads, earrings and bracelets and many other things in our Easter menu. We will present only half a year of work (during the first half-year we are working on Christmas theme, and during the second one we are working on Easter theme) at our Easter events. Come and see!


Altwiener Ostermarkt auf der Freyung
16. März - 2. April 2018, täglich 10-19.30 Uhr

Ostermarkt um die Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche
vom 31. März bis 8. April 2018

Messering 6, 01067 Dresden
vom 22. bis 25. März 2018


We are in Christmasmarkets of Germany and Austria!
14 November 2017

We are in Christmasmarkets of Germany and Austria!


Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg
27.11.2017 bis 26.12.2017

Berliner Weihnachtszeit am Roten Rathaus.
27.November bis 30. Dezember 2017


Christkindlmarkt auf Rathausplatz!
17.November - 26. Dezember 2017