Petrykivka decorative painting as a phenomenon of the Ukrainian ornamental folk art

Inscribed in 2013 (8.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

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The people of the village of Petrykivka decorate their living quarters, household belongings and musical instruments with a style of ornamental painting that is characterized by fantastic flowers and other natural elements, based on careful observation of the local flora and fauna. This art is rich in symbolism: the rooster stands for fire and spiritual awakening, while birds represent light, harmony and happiness. In folk belief, the paintings protect people from sorrow and evil. Local people, and in particular women of all ages, are involved in this folk art tradition. Every family has at least one practitioner, making decorative painting an integral part of daily existence in the community. The painting traditions, including the symbolism of the ornamental elements, are transferred, renewed and enhanced from one generation to another. Local schools at all levels, from pre-school to college, teach the fundamentals of Petrykivka decorative painting, with all children given the opportunity to study it. The community willingly teaches its skills and know-how to anyone who shows an interest. The tradition of decorative and applied arts contributes to the renewal of historical and spiritual memory and defines the identity of the entire community.
Icon of the Virgin Mary and Baby. Unknown author, the end of the XVIII century
Onions. Iryna Ulianivna Pylypenko. 1979. Paper, aniline dyes
Birds. Praskovia Mykolaivna Pavlenko. 1965. Paper, tempera
Wedding train. Nadiia Avramivna Bilokon. 1979. Paper, tempera
Peacocks, Tetiana Yakymivna Pata. 1949. paper, tempera
Panel picture 'Ladies' choice', Fedir Savych Panko. 1983. Wood chipboard, tempera
Bluebird, Maria Illivna Statyva. 1976. Paper, tempera
Decorative panel picture, Maria Tykhonivna Shyshatska. 1976. Paper, tempera
Modern articles of the Petrykivka style of painting. Different artists. 2009-2011
The Petrykivka style of painting. Interior of peasant's cottage. 1920-1950
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