The Lithuanian Folk Art Institute (LTFAI) is a North American non-profit organization devoted to preserving Lithuanian heritage through its traditional arts and crafts. Established in 1977, the Institute provides a forum for collaboration and communication among folk artists in the diaspora. Our mission is to continue the preservation of traditional folk art by archiving material and providing opportunities for scholarship and learning.
Our guiding principles are to:
- promote understanding
- preserve our cultural treasures
- honour artists and craftspeople
- provide accessibility to art and techniques
- serve as a seminal source of information and scholarship
This website was created to promote the Institute and its activities and to showcase traditional folk art created in the diaspora during and after the Soviet occupation of Lithuania in the twentieth century. We have provided a digital archive that includes photos, techniques and reference material. Our collection of handmade art includes weaving, wood carvings, ceramics, decorative Easter eggs, straw ornaments and others.
We welcome all to enjoy the beauty of this art and to participate in helping to preserve our past and inspire new works of art.
Our website is in English, so that younger generations of Lithuanians may easily access the information we provide. An archive of articles in Lithuanian is available in the Resources section, and a list of Lithuanian information sources can be found in References & Links.