Gingerbread is a traditional German Christmas treat. While Germany may be the gingerbread capital of the world, Ukraine also has its own gingerbread treats for Christmas, not to eat, but to decorate their Christmas Trees. Ukrainian Gingerbread Ornaments are made at an ethnography workshop in Ternopil, in western Ukraine. Their gingerbread ornaments are in the form of stars, animal, hearts, and doves.
Each ornament is hand-sewn from natural cotton fabric, filled with light hypoallergenic padded polyester. The natural fabric is first soaked in a solution of coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla, giving its natural aroma and brown colored background.
Ukrainian Ethnic paintings are hand painted over the brown background with Italian acrylic paints. The natural smell of coffee, cinnamon and vanilla will last nearly a half a year.
Are you wanting something cute that will appeal to children and adults alike? This past summer while traveling the backroads of Ukraine we met an artisan who was creating cute stuff animals and anthropomorphic creatures called Amigurumi. Amigurumi has become quite popular around the world since 2000 and has found its way to Ukraine from Japan.
The name is derived from the Japanese words “ami” meaning crocheted or knitted and “nuigurumi” meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi combines both crocheting and knitting stitches to create small stuffed animals and other characters with larger heads than bodies. Their childlike appearance is accented by large bright eyes placed low on the face, while their undersized cylindrical bodies giving the art form its cuteness. There is no limit to size and range of this art form that uses both human and to non human characteristics.
Ukrainian Carpathian Carved Wooden Boxes New Collection 2016
Our new collection of handmade decorative carved wooden boxes from Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains have arrived in Denver and is available at our e-shop.
We invite you to see for yourself the many different kinds of boxes we discovered this past spring and summer while traveling Ukraine to meet many talented artisans and see the variety of their handcrafted products.
When you buy a product from Yolkstar, you are supporting the livelihood of artisans in a positive way. You are buying a quality heirloom. that keeping on giving year after year. One made from all natural materials. Not mass produced on an assemble line. A treasured keepsake that tells a story of its artist’s inner character. An indelible spirit that continues to keep alive traditions that have been passed down from one generation to the next by bonding and living in harmony with nature.
Come and explore our many collectibles! Imagine all the possibilities these decorative carved wooden boxes could be used: for Jewelry, playing cards. cigar humidors, sewing, spare change, pills, recipes, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, rosaries. The uses are endless. Select the one that is right for your needs or as a gift for someone else to enjoy.
You can now buy Christian Gifts From Ukraine and Russia supplied by Yolkstar at the House of Carmel .
Yolkstar is proud to announced its association with House of Carmel, a Christian gift store, that has been doing business for 42 years in the Denver metro area.
House of Carmel was established in 1974 by Arvada resident, Carol Mally as a means to keep busy and a desire to share her deep religious values. The store is named in honor of “Our Lady of Mt. Carmel because of the many blessings that have been bestowed Carol and her husband, who are both 3rd order Carmelites, and their family.
One of the perks of traveling the back roads of Ukraine looking for new and interesting hand crafted one of a kind items is getting to meet many outstanding artisans.
Every summer my wife and I visited one of our favorite spots in the magnificent Carpathian Mountains where the Hutsul Highlanders have lived for many generations in the many secluded mountain valleys and forest.
These artisans are wood carvers, who use a variety of local woods like sycamore, maple, pear, apple, alder, yew, cedar, walnut and oak.
Because every piece of wood has its own distinctive grain patterns warmth and colors these creative masters use many geometric ornaments like crusts, triangles, squares, rhombs, rose-window, jags, circles or conventionalized plants motives.
Each décor element is made with special technical carving method to reach very special artistic effect because of their deep-rooted bond with mother nature.
Throughout Ukraine there are many different fields of dreams with thousand of players. A vast majority of these players go through life without much fanfare. The players I speak are folk artisans that come from every nook and cranny of Ukraine. They are an interesting breed. Often time they appear to lack any enthusiasm whatsoever when selling their hand made products.
Nonetheless, there are artisans that are very talkative and like the idea of having their products for sale in America. One such folk artist is from the village of Petrykivka which is in the heartland of Ukraine. Lyubov Artyomenko carries on the tradition of Petrykivka Folk Art that was started around 1772 (four years before the United States gained its independence), in the Cossack settlement of Petrykivka.
She explained how the style was first developed by the women of the village. After they had whitewashed the outside of their homes, the women would paint bold beautiful colorful floral designs on the outside walls. It became a contest to see which woman could come up with the most beautiful patterns. Later these same styles were being used on all kinds of items like household goods (spoons, trays, chests, plates). Decorating-With-Ukrainian-Folk-Art-Collectibles
Lyubov said all Petrykivka Folk Art is about nature – mostly flowers, berries and birds. However, the birds she paints are different from other folk artists. Her birds are like seeing a painted dream. She uses her fingers to paint flowers and berries. In order to paint the very delicate and detailed feathers and bodies of her birds she uses special kitty fur brushes made from the hair under the front legs of her cat (no her cat doesn’t suffer during this procedure because her cat’s hair grows back, rendering her Petrykivka Folk Art sustainable and ultra Green!).
You can see her works on sale at Ukrainian Petrykivka Art. Her extraordinary Petrykivka home accents will give any kitchen a bright beautiful and bold organic natural lifestyle look.
Lyubov told us an interesting story about the symbolism of the painted Petrykivka mortar and pestle she had on sale. It represents a happy family life and the two have to be kept together because they symbolize the nature of husband and wife. These two pieces are now a keepsake of ours.
Seven years have passed since I first visited Pyrogovo. So much has changed in my life and at Pyrogovo. The lady I came to Kyiv to meet in 2003, we have been walking hand in hand as man and wife, living in Kyiv and enjoying our life’s second adventure for the past 6 years.
Over the Victory Day Weekend 2010 we visited Pyrogovo twice. To me the museum felt like it had lost its majestic spirit that left me spellbound and in awe of what a treasure Ukrainians possessed in Pyrogovo. I am enthralled every time I see a windmill. They too seemed lost. Perhaps it was the robbery and fire back in 2006 that caused the place to seem melancholy and all the historic buildings I first stop to admire were all closed.
Just to enter and leave the museum was quite chaotic because of the volume of cars and parking problems that weren’t there in 2003. Nonetheless, thousands of people came to attend the traditional Folk Artisans Spring Fair and many came to enjoy picnicking with family and friends.
On this particular weekend we came seeking new Ukrainian artisans’ products to buy and promote their talents on our E-Commerce website and discover unique items to sell during Christmas Markets in Denver and Philadelphia in America. We left with some wonderful treasures and possibilities to explore for the future.
Tapestry artisan Yevgen Pilyugin was one of our new acquaintances. He produces unique rugs inspired by Ukrainian landscapes, from his own imagination, or his customers’ designs. He told us he had created a rug for an Arabian sheikh who ordered it for his birthday and received excellent feedback. His rugs also decorate the Residences of Ukrainian Presidents, and one hangs in the Pope’s residence in the Vatican.
I was so impression with him and his work that I asked this uncommon man if I could have the honor to shake his hand.
My reason to visit Ukraine was personal back in the late fall of 2003. It was fitting that I ended my trip by visiting the outdoor museum of Pyrogovo in Kyiv to get a glimpse into Ukraine’s past and a vision into my future.
It was a cool overcast day. The night before a light dusting of snow fell and the roofs of the museum buildings glistened with their soft coats of white. There was a sense of sadness this particular morning because I would soon be flying back to my home in Montana, leaving the lady I had corresponded with on a daily basis for 4 years behind. We felt comfortable with each other and we both knew the 4 years getting to know each other was well spent. However, the lady was having doubts whether I would ever return.
We walked hand in hand and stopped frequently to take pictures. It was very peaceful as we strolled through the different historic buildings and she told me about the different trappings of eras gone by. It made me think about my parents, who had farmed using horses and similar tools before they could afforded to modernize.
The houses and other buildings reminded me of how life on the prairie may have been for the early settlers, who came from all over Europe, to put down roots in the new world.
As we walked I reminisced about taking my parents on their first vacation after 40 years of marriage back to the Midwest where they were born and raised. It was on this trip back in the late 1970’s I saw my first house made of sod. The house was build in the 19th Century and was still being lived in by a relative back in Western Nebraska.
There was something about the atmosphere of Pyrogovo that attached itself to my heart, mind, and soul. It was as though I was Don Quixote coming to joust with the windmills that dotted the beautiful pastoral landscape to win the hand of the maiden he came to see.