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.