In this short video course, Karolina Merska teaches you how to make a traditional Polish "kalinka" pom pom for a pajaki chandelier.
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.
This project is part of our 24 Days of Advent series. Learn to make the Pajaki chandelier in full with Karolina Merska online on Yodomo.
Originally from Poland and fascinated by London’s creative atmosphere, Karolina Merska moved here in 2007 shortly after obtaining an MA in History of Art at the Jagiellonian University Krakow in Poland. Inspired by the rich, interesting history of Polish folk art she started making pająki chandeliers in 2015. Her work has been published worldwide, including Channel 4, The World of Interiors, House and Garden, Elle Decoration, Elle Deco Italia, The Telegraph, Time Out, Harpers Bazaar and many more. Exhibitions include London Design Festival 2016, 2017, Ace Hotel London 2016, Brussels Design September 2017, Łódź Design Festival 2017 and Copenhagen 2017. She loves sharing her knowledge and teaching pajaki craft. She runs workshops in her studio in East London as well as travel around Europe. Her Yodomo online course will enable anyone in the world to make a unique pajaki.