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Petrykivka is an extremely colorful style of decoration hailing from a small region in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. The folk style of painting has a primitivist streak and relies heavily on floral motifs. Traditionally, flowers were painted onto whitewashed walls of wooden lodgings by the women of the household. The most beautiful ornaments were sometimes compared with church frescoes. 

Eventually, the use of this style spread to wooden utensils, plates, boxes, chests and light carriages.  Sold at fairs, the cheerful Petrykivka ornaments became famous throughout Ukraine and beyond.

Masters used cat-hair brushes to paint the finest elements, while matches wrapped in soft fabric or fingers were used to draw berries or flower petals. Painted with egg yolks mixed and natural dies like fruit and vegetable juices, the pictures were bright and colorful, much like an autumnal landscape around Petrykivka village.

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