A Ukrainian knot-doll Motanka has much in common with other rag dolls of the world. It differs from those in other cultures with its specific features though, which are called "three crosses":
- The image of the traditional knot-doll is cross-shaped, a model of world structure; a symbol of the origin of life and fertility; of the succession and protection of generations.
- The doll is faceless. The threads usually of two colours are crisscrossed over one another in such a way as to form a cross instead of the face.
- There is a cross on the chest.