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Petrikovka onion art

Petrikovka onion art by Ukrainian food artist Tamara Bondar

Peacock in the tree. Work by Ukrainian food artist Tamara Bondar – Petrikovka onion art

Petrikovka onion art
Ukrainian food artist Tamara Bondar is fond of folk painting, and in particular, Petrikovka folk art. Called after the name of the village Petrikovka (in Ukrainian – Petrikіvka), it is the birthplace of the national craft. Traditionally, the local people decorated with Petrikovka folk painting nearly all objects of interior – from kitchenware to textile and furniture. Once, Tamara had an idea to decorate dishes of festive table (herring, salads, etc.) in a spirit of Petrikovka painting. However, she used an onion as the main “tool” of decorating dishes, also added carrot and all edible plants. This food art, called Petrikovka onion art, in Ukrainian language sounds like “Tsibulyana Petrikіvka”.

Petrikovka onion art by Ukrainian food artist Tamara Bondar

Young man in red trousers. Onion composition created in traditional Petrikovka folk crafts. Work by Ukrainian food artist Tamara Bondar

According to the biography of Tamara Bondar, she worked in the newspaper “Kitchen” as a photojournalist. Once she brought to an art show her vegetable compositions as an example of decorating the dishes. Besides, she published an article “Decorate dishes with your own hands.” And the readers loved it. First, Tamara created the compositions of onion and greens, then started adding twigs and other vegetables. And a result – artful vegetable paintings.

Petrikovka onion art

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