Pajaki (pah-yonk-ee) are traditional Polish chandeliers made from rye straw and paper. They symbolise health and happiness and date back to the 18th century when they were made in the countryside by women as decorations for their homes. Pajaki were especially popular at Christmas, Easter, weddings and christenings. Today the tradition is practised less and less.
The kalinka pom poms are an integral component to the pajaki, adding splashes of colour to festivities.
With UNLIMITED ACCESS 24/7, you’ll be able to drop in and out of the course at your own pace.
This course includes Karolina's extensive research into uncovering this lost craft through multiple visits to Poland over many years. Our pricing supports artists and makers in their ongoing artistic endeavours.
Progress onto making the full pajaki chandelier with Karolina Merska on Yodomo.
How is this paper craft course taught?
What do I need?
- Tissue paper (15 pieces)
Simple & easy instructions and great to make for the summerhouse & in the future for christmas.
I could definitely get hooked on this! The information supplied was clear and easy to understand and the results better than I could have hoped!
Karolina Merska moved from Poland to the UK in 2007 after obtaining an MA in History of Art at the Jagiellonian University Krakow. Inspired by Polish folk art, she started making Pająki chandeliers in 2015. Her work has been published and exhibited worldwide, including Channel 4, The World of Interiors, House and Garden, Elle Decoration, The Telegraph, Time Out, Harpers Bazaar, London Design Festival and more.