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Svitlytsya Handicraft Gallery
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Nice things, not many for sale though

I am glad I looked up more than the address before heading over here, although once you find it... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2015
eelasor
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Aktau, Kazakhstan
Traditional crafts: no cheap; but worth it

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

Reviewed 1 June 2012
Cora_v
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Kyiv
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Reviewed 5 April 2015

I am glad I looked up more than the address before heading over here, although once you find it, you can't believe you didn't see it the first time. Had a lovely experience in there learning about the different crafts - although Russian is mandatory to actually have a conversation :)

Unfortunately, most of the lovely embroidery was not for sale, I ended up finding just a few small towels. But still worth the visit as part of your morning to the Caves.

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank eelasor
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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.

Date of experience: June 2012
7  Thank Cora_v
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