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“Traditional crafts: no cheap; but worth it”

Svitlytsya Handicraft Gallery
Ranked #286 of 497 things to do in Kiev
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“Traditional crafts: no cheap; but worth it”
Reviewed 1 June 2012

It’s no secret that most of the “folk” or “national” souvenirs are made in China these days.

But if you are not interested in cheap trash of mass production that you can easily find on Maidan, Andriivskiy Descent and near Lavra, and if you are ready to pay for the authentic handmade Ukrainian souvenirs, Svitlytsya gallery, located between Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and WWII Complex, is your right choice. It’s not cheap. But it’s worth it.

Svitlytsya exhibits and sells various gifts and traditional handicraft works made by artists from different parts of Ukraine. Such include embroidery (home textiles and vyshyvankas – embroidered shirts), weaving, painted eggs (pysankas), carving, painting, basketwork, handicraft jewellery (from beads, copper, ceramics, wood etc), ceramics, toys and amulets (including traditional oberih), post cards, books and many more.

It’s the gallery-salon, i.e. you can either visit it as a traditional handicrafts exhibition, or as a souvenir shop. They also conduct master-classes on various crafts and arts here.

The gallery is a bit tricky to find. Walk from Lavra towards the WWII Museum and turn left into the arch when you see the sign for Ivan Honchar Museum («Музей Iвана Гончара»). As you enter the yard, head to the right along the gloomy residential building until you see the open red door with the so-called «Life Tree» painted on it. The gallery is in the basement.

Open Tue-Fri 11:00 - 19:00, Sat-Sun 12:00 - 18:30; closed on Mon.

Visited June 2012
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