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What is "Krovets"?


Krovets’ [krovɛtsˈ] (singular noun), hiding place, hidden safe storage space, lurking-place. Hidden place, shelter. A squirrel brings nuts to a tree hollow, to krovets. page 277.- Dictionary of Ukrainian Language, Borys Grinchenko, Kyiv, 1907")


We found this archaic and obsolete word in Grinchenko’s dictionary. Hoping to breathe a new life into this word we named this on-line museum of folk-art and our own private collection of folk art - KROVETS.

A lot of talented and faithful artists: potters, painters, icon-daubers, weavers, embroiderers, etc., put their hand to create exhibits, which now constitute our collections. Thanks to immense efforts of dozens of people, these pieces of art have been preserved until our days. Due to strong dedication of the collectors-participants, these collections are now open for public thus offering you a chance to discover our "krovets" of folk-art treasures.


Our Mission


WHY we do this:

  • Because we love it! We love our country, we love arts
  • We do believe that Ukrainian folk-art is a valuable source of inspiration
  • We are convinced that by our joint efforts we can preserve, digitize and display all privately owned masterpieces of Ukrainian folk-art

 HOW we do this:

  • By developing our website – an online atlas of folk-art that displays digitized private collections
  • We do that in a responsible, technological, modern and enjoyable manner

 WHAT exactly we do:

  • Collect, preserve, digitize and make our own collection of folk-art public
  • Provide opportunity for other collectors to display their collections at our site for free


We love it, we are willing to get a profound knowledge of our country, people, culture.

Folk culture is a way to learn more about our nation. We strive to offer an opportunity of an exciting trip to our past. We hope that ancient masterpieces that constitute our collections would explain a lot about their creators, their life, preferences, testes... 


We believe that Ukrainian folk art inspires – as it is unique and interesting, it expresses accumulated tastes and preferences of many Ukrainian generations. Due to our country’s location, within the Eastern Europe and at the crossroads of many trading routes, Ukrainian folk art could not resist foreign industrial and art influences, however, all these trends were carefully rethought before being adopted and further developed. We believe that Ukrainian folk art is neither worse nor better than any other nation's folk art, it is a not well known (until now) part of the world art.


We try to support the heredity of Ukrainian art – we aim to deepen the dialog between generations, give contemporaries a chance to get acquainted with talents of their ancestors, provide designers and artist with a source of inspiration in order to develop Ukrainian modern design.


We develop an online folk art atlas composed of exhibits from private collections - Nowadays, there are a lot of books and museum displays of folk art in Ukraine. Books and museum displays are limited by a number of pages and size of museums rooms. World Wide Web allows presenting photos of all the existing exhibits. Our intention is to create an online united collection of folk art samples that are privately owned.


We open a private collections for visitors by establishing a safe cooperation between private collectors and public. We provide exhibits owners with an opportunity to publicize their collections without any risks, and we offer the public an opportunity to explore the private collections for free. Thus we are convinced that with our joint efforts we will be able to preserve, digitize and publicize all privately owned masterpieces of folk art.


We establish new documentation and exhibits treatment standards for private collections - possession of folk art treasures obliges not only to consider safety measures and provide decent storage, there also has to be proper accounting for objects.


We unite collectors and owners of folk treasures and provide them with a possibility to communicate, share experience, stand together for their rights and interest and achieve higher efficiency at their collector’s activities.


We have joined Europeana Now one can view our collection among millions of digitized items at the leading European inter-museum site. For the private owners of folk art objects this means that by joining our website they join Europeana for free, thus making their collections even more accessible for international audience.


Who we are

The website was developed by an inspired married couple from Kyiv.


Note on English version 

Please accept our apologies that English version does not contain as full information as the Ukrainian one.

Main limitations are as follows:

  1. English version does not contain such sections as: FOR COLLECTORS (this section states how owners of Ukrainian folk art collections can join us), VOCABULARY (this section explains rare titles and provides examples of each term).
  2. English version may not contain all objects (since translation is performed in batches when a sufficient number of objects ready for translation is accumulated)
  3. English version may not contain full information for each object. 



This website is a non-profit social project. We do not sale objects/exhibits nor do we provide consultations on sale and purchase.

Viewing (and usage) of information from our website for private purposes - does not require any permits or agreements.

Usage of information for public or commercial purposes - requires a written consent (license). We would like to emphasize that photo reproductions of all exhibits represented on our website are copyright works that are protected by Ukrainian and international copyright laws. Public or Commercial use of these pictures (or their fragments), including reposting, reprinting, printing, sharing by any means, copying, processing, framing or any other public or commercial attempts of usage without an author’s written consent (stated in a license agreement) are subject to fine and criminal liability.



The owners of the objects (collectors) are liable for information about their exhibits published at this website. Administration of the website shall not be liable for information presented by the collectors.



Ethno-zoning was developed based on a book "Traditional Ukrainian Clothing" (Baltia-Druk, 2008) by Oksana Kosmina, Ukrainian ethnographist and chronographer of the material culture, Historical Sciences PhD, Senior Research Scientist of the Institute of Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. As we have been informed, there is no generally recognized map of Ukrainian ethno-areas. We use it as the most widespread one. Taking the opportunity, we would like to say many thanks to Oksana Yuliivna for her kind help and assistance in creation of our ethno-map.

We believe that the map with all indicated precautions and comments is sufficient enough for the purposes of our website. We do hope to have a more detailed and precise map approved by the majority of the scientists of this field.

Authenticity rating (Objects attribution) – prepared by object owners (collectors).

Website administration reserves the right to refuse any collector to post their exhibits on the website in case the attribution is inaccurate. Taking into account that the majority of pieces of art have been purchased from antique market, but not creators or owners (and market agents are not always conscientious and careful enough about records and certificates of origin), even the available data about origin provided by market agents can be inaccurate.

In order to hedge this risk, we are implementing this authenticity rating of the exhibits origins:

R1 – exhibit was either created by a collector, collector’s heirloom (or heirloom of his close relatives), or was personally purchased by a collector from the object's creator or owner; name of the creator/owner, town/village, district, region of origin are known;

R2 – exhibit was purchased from an agent; town/village, district, region are known;

R3 – exhibit was purchased from an agent: only district and region are known;

R4 – exhibit was purchased from an agent; only region is known;

R5 – exhibit was purchased from an agent, rough attribution was prepared by a collector (based on their own experience);

R6 – exhibit’s origin is unknown, attribution is impossible.


Exhibit categories – were derived based on the categories usually applied in ethnographic and regional studies museums.


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