Ukraine is the largest country in Europe that lies on the northern shores of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. It is a country with the glorious past. The first state on the current territory of Ukraine – Kyivan Rus – was established back in the 9th century with its capital in Kyiv. Given its long history and big size the art and culture of Ukraine are unique and diverse. Different regions have their own distinctive variations of traditional ornaments, motifs and colors that are rooted in Ukrainian folklore. Largely undiscovered Ukraine is a nation with centuries-old culture, rich colourful traditions and warm-hearted people.
The Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Thailand proudly presents the exhibition of Ukrainian national arts and culture – “Diverse Ukraine” – featuring the photos of the Workshop “Treti Pivni” (or “Time Before Dawn” in Ukrainian folklore), 25 “Lialka-motanka” (handmade dolls) by sisters Nataliya and Tetiana Katrychenko as well as ancient traditional Ukrainian costumes provided by “Spadok” Ethnogallery from the private collection of Demkuras Family.
The Workshop “Treti Pivni“ – is a team of photographers, stylists, makeup artists and promoters united by love for Ukraine and desire to open the beauty and unique culture of their country, to show the richness of Ukrainian national costumes from different regions through photographs.
The stylist and founder of the Workshop is Dominika Dyka. She recreates the ancient looks by dressing people in Ukrainian traditional costumes with a headdress to show old-time traditions and outfits. This Workshop takes photos of ordinary people, not professional models, so they can get a chance to get in touch with the history of Ukrainian nation.
“25 Sisters of Independence” by sisters Nataliya and Tetiana Katrychenko. 25 author’s Lialka-motanka – traditional handmade doll – represent embroidery and local dress of Ukraine’s 24 provinces and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Every lialka-motanka has its unique history. This exhibition shows Ukrainian diversity and wants to show that Ukrainians irrespective of their place of birth have something to be proud of. The exhibitors believe that every Ukrainian family has a talent and is unique, and together they are united Ukrainian nation, which deserves to live peacefully on its land.
Sisters Katrychenko create Lialka-motanka dolls since 2009. Their dolls have been exhibited around the world – in almost in all European countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.
For more information, please visit: www.queengallery.org