Pajaki (pah-yonk-ee) are traditional Polish chandeliers made from rye straw and paper. Their history dates back to the mid-18th century.
Suspended from a ceiling in a main room, amongst colourful paper cut-outs, paintings and paper flowers they became a popular decoration in Polish village houses. Made by country women as decorations for their homes especially for Christmas, Easter, weddings and christenings; they are a symbol of harvest and happiness in New Year.
Originally made from materials available during winter like peas, beans, thread, feathers or yarn and from the late 19th century straw was decorated with different varieties of paper flowers and ribbons.
The craft was being practised less and less, but Karolina Merska is a pajaki maker reviving the tradition. She has travelled extensively in Poland to unearth and understand the history of the pajaki, to meet the makers, hone her techniques and to help regenerate this lost art.
In this course, she will teach you the skills and techniques to create a basic 2-layered pajaki, with 9 traditional Polish “kalinka” pom poms.
In over 45 minutes of video plus additional downloadable material, you’ll learn:
Price is £60 which reflects Karolina's extensive research into uncovering this lost craft through multiple visits to Poland over many years, and our pricing supports artists and makers in their ongoing artistic endeavours.
You can spread the cost over 6 months if preferred and receive the course immediately.
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