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Blue bird- hand painted wooden Christmas ornament Blue bird- hand painted wooden Christmas ornament
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8.00 EUR
Nostalgischer Christbaumschmuck aus Holz- Vogel - zartbemalt Nostalgischer Christbaumschmuck aus Holz- Vogel - zartbemalt
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10.00 EUR
Sustainable Christmas tree pendant - bird traditionall painted Sustainable Christmas tree pendant - bird traditionall painted
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9.00 EUR
Bunter Christbaumschmuck- Vogel in Rot Bunter Christbaumschmuck- Vogel in Rot
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9.00 EUR
Wooden Christmas tree ornament - bird with flower pattern
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Wooden Christmas tree ornament - bird with flower pattern
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9.00 EUR
Blue Christmas tree decoration bird with red berries
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Blue Christmas tree decoration bird with red berries
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9.00 EUR
Exclusive Christmas tree decoration butterfly with a filigree pattern
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Exclusive Christmas tree decoration butterfly with a filigree pattern
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10.00 EUR
Special Christmas tree decoration- butterfly delicately painted
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Special Christmas tree decoration- butterfly delicately painted
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10.00 EUR
Wooden wall decor, small vase for dry flowers
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Wooden wall decor, small vase for dry flowers
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25.00 EUR
Handmade and hand painted ceramic cup (59) Handmade and hand painted ceramic cup (59)
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12.00 EUR
Small wooden art home decoration, hanging wall vase with green flowers
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Small wooden art home decoration, hanging wall vase with green flowers
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28.00 EUR
Creative wall decor, small hand painted cup with green flowers Creative wall decor, small hand painted cup with green flowers
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25.00 EUR
Unique wooden wall decor, small cup for dry flowers
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Unique wooden wall decor, small cup for dry flowers
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25.00 EUR
Beautiful wall art, wooden hanging cup with pink flowers
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Beautiful wall art, wooden hanging cup with pink flowers
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25.00 EUR
Rustic wall decor, hanging cup with ukrainian painting
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Rustic wall decor, hanging cup with ukrainian painting
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25.00 EUR
Squirrel Christmas ornament, beautiful squirrel lovers gift, handmade Squirrel Christmas ornament, beautiful squirrel lovers gift, handmade
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9.00 EUR
Christmas angel and bell made of wood, white and blue Christmas angel and bell made of wood, white and blue
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12.00 EUR
Rustic handcrafted owl wall decoration on brown wood Rustic handcrafted owl wall decoration on brown wood
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22.00 EUR
Original ceramic teapot with cornflowers Original ceramic teapot with cornflowers
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40.00 EUR
Christmas ornamnets set, 2 pcs - angel and bell Christmas ornamnets set, 2 pcs - angel and bell
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18.00 EUR
Angel bell Christmas ornament wooden, ethnic christmas angel decoration, hand painted Angel bell Christmas ornament wooden, ethnic christmas angel decoration, hand painted
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12.00 EUR
Cute tree decoration set- bell and angel -handmade Cute tree decoration set- bell and angel -handmade
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18.00 EUR
Wooden pin Butterfly, hand painted in traditional ukrainian style Wooden pin Butterfly, hand painted in traditional ukrainian style
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8.00 EUR
Colorful ceramic teapot with spring motifs Colorful ceramic teapot with spring motifs
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40.00 EUR
Salt und pepper shaker hand made of wood, with traditional ukrainian painting Salt und pepper shaker hand made of wood, with traditional ukrainian painting
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10.00 EUR
Heart shaped beautiful handmade wooden candlestick, ukrainian art
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Heart shaped beautiful handmade wooden candlestick, ukrainian art
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9.50 EUR
Heart shaped gift, beautiful handmade wooden candlestick with Petrykivka painting Heart shaped gift, beautiful handmade wooden candlestick with Petrykivka painting
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9.50 EUR
Hand made heart shaped gift  wooden candlestick Hand made heart shaped gift wooden candlestick
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9.50 EUR
Blue angel made of wood - hand-painted jumping jack Blue angel made of wood - hand-painted jumping jack
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28.00 EUR
Nice gift for cat lovers, wooden fridge magnet "Cat" Nice gift for cat lovers, wooden fridge magnet "Cat"
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5.00 EUR
Wooden Christmas ornaments, set (Bird, Butterfly and Christmas tree) with hand painting
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Wooden Christmas ornaments, set (Bird, Butterfly and Christmas tree) with hand painting
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28.00 EUR
Hand painted wooden plate, traditional wall decoration "Rooster", ukrainian Petykivka painting Hand painted wooden plate, traditional wall decoration "Rooster", ukrainian Petykivka painting
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20.00 EUR
Cat wooden Christmas ornament,  gift idea for Cat lovers, ukrainian art Cat wooden Christmas ornament, gift idea for Cat lovers, ukrainian art
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9.00 EUR
Bird ornament, handpainted Bird ornament, handpainted
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8.00 EUR
Christmas Angel decorations, wooden christmas ornament, Petrykivka painting
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Christmas Angel decorations, wooden christmas ornament, Petrykivka painting
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9.00 EUR
Kitty cat christmas ornament, handmade of wood, gift idea for cat lovers Kitty cat christmas ornament, handmade of wood, gift idea for cat lovers
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9.00 EUR
Kitty cat wooden christmas ornament for children, handmade painted, gift for cat lovers Kitty cat wooden christmas ornament for children, handmade painted, gift for cat lovers
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9.00 EUR
Wooden necklace, hand painted with flowers in Ukrainian style Wooden necklace, hand painted with flowers in Ukrainian style
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42.00 EUR
Wooden beaded bracelet with green flowers, handmade folk wooden jewelry Wooden beaded bracelet with green flowers, handmade folk wooden jewelry
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15.00 EUR
Handmade angel ornament, wooden hand painted Christmas ornament Handmade angel ornament, wooden hand painted Christmas ornament
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9.00 EUR
Nice gift for cat lovers, wooden fridge magnet "Kitty" Nice gift for cat lovers, wooden fridge magnet "Kitty"
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5.00 EUR
Angel bell Christmas ornament wooden, handmade and hand painted in ukrainian Petrykivka style Angel bell Christmas ornament wooden, handmade and hand painted in ukrainian Petrykivka style
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12.00 EUR
Unique wall art, wooden hanging vase with green flowers
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Unique wall art, wooden hanging vase with green flowers
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25.00 EUR
Sweet cat fridge magnet, handmade gift for cat lovers, ukrainian painting Sweet cat fridge magnet, handmade gift for cat lovers, ukrainian painting
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5.00 EUR
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19 April 2020

Petrykivsky painting: what makes this technique special?

Petrykivsky 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 petrikivsky style

Petrikivsky 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 Petrykivsky painting

Another distinctive feature of Petrykivsky 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 Petrykivsky 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 Petrykivsky 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.

Souvenirs 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.