In recent years Ukrainian arts and crafts have begun to gain recognition for their fineness and intricacy. Today these handicrafts are still not too well-known worldwide, and you can feel unique owning and displaying them! Here we have gathered the better known arts and crafts of Ukraine.
For the most part, the items shown below were bought in Ukraine and are now being resold on e-Bay. It takes just a minute to set up an account if you don't already have one. Or you can wait till your next trip to Ukraine to pick up a similar item — if you know where to look!
Woodwork | Porcelain | Embroidery | Pysanky | Holiday crafts
Best known for its woodworking traditions is the Carpathian region of west Ukraine. Particularly unique are the hand-carved wooden plates, which are full of intricate geometric designs. There are many different varieties of these decorative plates, several of which are currently being offered at eBay (click on the link at the bottom of the column to see all items for sale).
Ukrainian ceramics and porcelain
By far the most famous center of porcelain in Ukraine is the village of Opishnia in Poltava oblast. Most typical are decorative dishes and vases.
Ukrainian stitchwork is amazing. You will see embroidered curtains, towels, and pillowcases in many people's homes even in the cities.
Ukrainian pysanky (painted eggs)
Pysanky are more than just painted Easter eggs. They are a sort of good luck charm that goes back to pagan times. The art of creating these amazingly intricate drawings and designs is quite complex and involves applying hot beeswax on areas that are not to be painted a specific color and then dipping the egg into the dye. The egg is successively given layers of different colors, requiring wax to be melted, removed, and reapplied in different places in between dippings. There are many pysanky starter kits available if you're inclined to try this yourself.
Ukrainian holiday crafts
These make good knick-knacks and holiday gifts to people who have Ukrainian roots or a soft spot in their heart for Ukraine.