The craft of patchwork is typical and rather widespread in America and Asia. The Turkic peoples, Native Americans, and Pakistanis are among the most skilled patchwork artisans, and this tradition goes back for centuries. Although, patchwork wasn’t always art – 19th-century women were often forced to use this technique to turn worn clothes into quilts, blankets, and other household textiles. At the same time, the art of patchwork is only emerging in Ukraine these days. And here’s what it looks like.
Patchwork is a craft of creating textiles by sewing pieces of fabric into a larger cloth. Sometimes, the design is chaotic and in other cases, an intricate pattern is made from colorful pieces of cloth. This technique allows to upcycle old clothes, linens, etc, and turn them into new beautiful household items, like blankets, quilts, covers, comforters, etc.
The patchwork samples you see in this post are from Ukraine. They are modern pieces created in 2018-2021 from colorful cotton pieces. And the shapes and patterns designed by patchwork are typical for Ukrainian traditional embroidery and weaving.
These works are so skillfully made, mystical-looking, and beautiful that observing them, you might find yourself delving into meditation.
Patchwork from Ukraine, 2018. By Anna Maximenko
Patchwork from Ukraine, 2019. By Natalia Bondar
Patchwork from Ukraine, 2018. By Maria Makarevych
Patchwork from Ukraine, 2018. By Natalia Bondar
Patchwork from Ukraine, 2019. By Anna Maximenko
Patchwork from Ukraine, 2018. By Olena Prysiazhniuk
Patchwork from Ukraine, 2021. By Natalia Bondar
Patchwork from Ukraine, 2019. By Natalia Shepel
Patchwork from Ukraine, 2021. By Inna Bondar