Maria Stefak’s Gift For Weaving
On May, 22, 1960 a prominent Ukrainian craftswoman Maria Stefak was born in the village of Runhury, Kolomyya District Ivano-Frankivsk region.
As a girl, Maria developed her skills in embroidery and moved on to weaving under the guidance of the local devotees of folk arts.
Maria Stefak’s hallmark is the lines of verses woven into her artistic work.
The craftswoman work include traditional woven towels, tablecloths, skirts, belts. She also creates exclusive woman, men and children’s outfits, modern blouses and dresses, head pieces and accessories. The artist creative approach to her work is based on the embroidery and weaving traditions of the Pokuttia and Hutsulshchyna regions.
Maria Stefak has participated in regional and republic exhibitions since 1988 in Kyiv, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kolomyya. Her private exhibitions took place in Kolomyya, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi. A blouse woven by Maria Stefak won The Best Art Work of Year award in 2007.
The National Museum collection includes three art works of Maria Stefak – woman clothes (blouse and skirt) and a towel.