Located in Stoke Newington in London we source and sell a range of unique ceramics, textiles, glassware, jewellery and stationery, as well as more unusual items.
The name ‘folka’ is a portmanteau of Polka (Polish girl) and folk. The shop is run by Karolina Merska, an art historian.
Karolina is also a pajaki maker. Pajaki (pah-yonk-ee) are traditional Polish chandeliers made from rye straw and paper. Their history dates back to the mid-18th century. Made by country women as decorations for their homes especially for Christmas, Easter, as well as for weddings and christenings. Suspended from a ceiling in a main room, amongst colourful paper cut-outs, paintings and paper flowers they became a popular decoration in polish village houses. They were a symbol of harvest and happiness in New Year.
Today the tradition is practised less and less. She keeps pajaki tradition alive.
84 Stoke Newington Church Street
N16 0AP London
Monday 11am - 6pm
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm