Add to favorite
 
123
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS


Yelets Lace
October 27, 2009 20:43


Yelets Lace is a famous Russian handicraft of bobbin lace woven from bobbin threads of brown, white, yellowish, black or grey colours. The centre of the handicraft is Yelets town of the Lipetsk Region. Lace-making sprang there in the late 18th century, and in the 19th century already Yelets gained the lead in lace producing in Russia. Yelets craftswomen wove measured lace, kerchiefs and collars.

Yelets lace is peculiar for its finesse, gracefulness, and harmonious contrast of fine floral and geometrical patterns against delicate openwork background. The patterns are based on chains of diamond-like shapes with various fillings (flowers, bugs, etc.)

The traditional old Yelets lace was also peculiar for its twin weaving technique. Local dwellers mastered the lace craft in the early 19th century at a private manufacture owned by Protasova in Yeletsk.

From the mid 19th century it spread around to numerous nearby settlements and villages and became especially wide scope in the late 19th century. Lots of then fashionable black silk triangular headscarves were laced at that time.

An association of lace-makers existed from 1921, and the Yelets Union of Lace-Makers was established in 1930. During the Great Patriotic War the Yelets handicraft ceased due to the military occupation and had to undergo a hard period of recovery.

The year 1960 saw the foundation of the Yelets Enterprise of Artware (artists P.G. Petrova and V.I. Grigorieva). The present-day production association Yeletsk Lace is located in Pishchulino Settlement of the Yeletsk District.

Yeletsk laces are finer and lighter than Vologda laces. The plain weave of Yeletsk laces varies in density and width and often switches over to openwork lattice. Combination of different densities of weaving within the same elements creates an effect of the light-and-shadow play and relief shape.

Big piece-works of Yelets lace are peculiar for the composition of the central area consisting of separate elements – rosettes or square shapes, which, rhythmically repeated, correspond to the ornaments used at the edges and make a stand out boldly against the dense lattice of the background. Sometimes the lattices in one and the same ornament can have different patterns, combining coupling and twin techniques. That is one of the expressive features of the Yelets lace. The lacy lattices of Yelets are also typical for motifs of snowflakes and frosty tracery, which are also often associated with white laces of other lace-making centers of Russia.

Read More about Russian Souvenirs... 

Buy Russian souvenirs

Sources:
    krujevo.com
    russia.rin.ru
    wiki


Tags: Russian Arts and Crafts Russian Lace Lipetsk Region Russian Souvenirs  

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Steppe Stories Will Be Told at Moscow Museum of Oriental Arts Kasli Iron Casts Russian Style in Architecture What is it? Velikiy Ustyug Silver Patination Russian Revival Style in Moscow Architecture: Most Famous Buildings (Part 1)









Comment on our site


RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

search on the map
TAGS:
Volgograd  Russian holidays  Russian Cinema  Russia 360  Russian tourism  the Guiness Book of Records  Tver region  average Russians  Festivals of St. Petersburg  gallant style  Russian Rock Music  Chebarkul   Exhibitions in Moscow  Russian regions  Festivals in Moscow  Architecture  Russian business  Moscow events  Kirov  inventions  Foreign Currency  Moscow  Concerts in Saint Petersburg  the Crimea  book hotels in Russia  Maria Alekhina  Russian opposition  Fyodor Fedorovsky  Pussy Riot  Christmas markets  Book Tickets for Ballet  Peace Makers  Chelyabinsk meteorite  Lidia Vertinskaya  Russian Science Fiction  Vladivostok  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Bashkiria  Gorely Volcano  Dankov  travel to Russia  Russian law  St. Petersburg  Russian markets and fairs  Kerzhakov   Russian Auction  Russian hospitals  State Duma  Shalabolinsky Petroglyphs  Russian television 


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites