Applied art


The art traditions of Ukrainian weaving

Weaving has played an important role in the life of the Ukrainian people.

The art traditions of Ukrainian weaving were formed during the process of age-long creative endeavours of the people, bestowing on this form of folk art an inimitable national character. Together with unity of style, Ukrainian weaving is greatly diversified as to colouring, manner of execution, material and character of the ornamental patterns.

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Carpet-making in the Ukraine

Carpet-making in the UkraineCarpet-making has developed in the Ukraine in ancient times. In the course of centuries the national style of Ukrainian carpet was formed and elaborated. The most typical Ukrainian carpets are napless with floral or geometrical ornamentation, woven by hand on vertical or horizontal wooden looms.

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Ukrainian decorative folk art

Ukrainian decorative folk artUkrainian decorative folk art, rich in variety and originality of forms, has been developed in the course of many centuries.

Talented folk artists have executed a number of colourful and original works, imbued with impressive beauty and poetry.

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