Traditional Arts and Crafts of Poland

Wooden Boxes

The heart of the boxmaking tradition is the Tatra region in southern Poland in the Carpathian mountains near the border with Slovakia. Wooden boxes have been produced in this area for a thousand years. The construction and decoration of boxes was mainly a winter activity, but every member of the family participated in some way.

The earliest examples of these boxes were plain carved wood, "ornamented with carved triangles, circles, lines, mountain flowers and rosettes." Eventually, colored stains, usually green or brown were used. In recent years, boxes decorated with wood-burning and brass inlay have been produced.

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Wood Carving


Wycinanki, Polish paper cut outs have a distinctive look and are known through out the world as a beautiful craft. Wycinanki became a popular folk craft in the mid-1800's. Multiple layers of colored paper are cut, folded, and sometimes embossed to create stylized patterns. Birds and flowers are the most common themes.