Pajaki (pah-yonk-ee) are traditional Polish decorations, essentially paper chandeliers made from rye straw and colorful paper. Their history dates back to the mid-18th century (east of Poland). These beautiful decorations were very popular before Christmas trees and other modern decorations arrived in Europe. Suspended from a ceiling in the main room, amongst colorful paper cut-outs, sweet papers and paper flowers they became a popular decoration in Polish villages. Made by countrywomen as decorations for their homes especially for Christmas, Easter, weddings, and christenings; they are a symbol of harvest and happiness all year round. Come along to the workshop and learn how to make your very own traditional paper and straw chandeliers. Make some for friends and family as the perfect gift, or carry on the tradition as your new fantastically colorful hobby. The workshop also includes a scrumptious lunch and drinks. There are only 10 places available so book fast if you want to join the fun.
Hello! I’m Marta, I'm a sculptor from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. I've been running these workshops for years, as well as cooking professionally. I’ve always enjoyed sharing my knowledge of my beautiful home town, and also talking about the art of traditional Polish crafts, both through the website I run - eataway.com - and with all the wonderful travellers I meet in person.
All the items of equipment needed to make decorations are provided, plus drinks and snacks
A brief history of the decorations - pajaki How to choose the best set of colours and where to find your inspiration (photo samples) The basic construction of the pajaki, including wrapping the hoop How to make components such as paper chains and pom poms How to assemble all the elements together to create your very own unique chandelier
最多8人參加，年齡須滿12歲。 Although this is a craft activity, home-made food is also included, so please let me know well in advance if you have allergies or special food needs (eg vegan). Thank you!
Because the workshop takes up to 5 hours, I will prepare a generous Polish lunch to keep our energy up. For dessert, look out for my delicious traditional Cracovian cheesecake with salty caramel sauce
Polish Pająki / Chandalier workshop