Artist Profiles

Artist:

Lesia Pona

Region:

Europe and Eurasia

Country:

Ukraine

Organization:

Pokuttya Folk Art

Media/General:

Several

Year(s) Attended:

Arlington: 2017, 2018
Santa Fe: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

About:

Ukraine’s Pokuttya Folk Art cooperative began in 2015 with the goal of preserving traditional artistic methods and styles of the region. Most of the group’s members are women, Ukraine’s Pokuttya Folk Art cooperative began in 2015 with the goal of preserving traditional artistic methods and styles of the region. Pokuttya’s artisans make embroidered home textiles using only natural linen and cotton fabric. Some of their textile items, like table runners, carpeted seats, and cushions, are made on hand looms. Yarn comes from local sheep and is colored with natural dyes. To make these embroidered items, artisans use various techniques, including intricate lace work, cross-stitch, and many more highly specialized processes.

Embroidery is the most ancient kind of folk art in Ukraine. Every ethno-cultural region has its own ornamental style, so in ancient times, seeing the type of embroidery adorning someone’s clothing provided insight into where that particular individual was from. The patterns of Pokuttya embroidery have been preserved from a distant past. While the color scheme changes in the course of centuries due to the influence of neighbors and industrial development, designs are much more static and closely related to the traditional technique of manufacture. Rhomboids, rosettes, and different stylizations of the Christian cross, for instance, are the most typical embroidered embellishments of Pokuttya. Embroidery techniques are passed down from mother to daughter. Pokuttya’s artisans produce a range of functional and lovely textiles, including tablecloths and runners, bed-linens, decorative towels, cushions.