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Kozhlyansky Clay Toy
February 20, 2015 13:18

Kozhlyansky Clay Toy was one of the best-known folk toy crafts until the October Revolution of 1917. 

Kozhlyansky toy was originated in the Kozhl Village of the Kursk Region. Skilled masters of it are Valentina Kovkina, Ulyana Kovkina and Olga Deriglazova.

The big difference of Kozhlyansky toy from other clay toys is first of all the fact that it is a penny whistle. Its molding always starts with its music part, which is traditionally made of Dronyaevsky blue clay. After burning clay changes its color into white. The famous Dymkovsky toy is usually white painted over, but Kozhlyansky toy is not. Another distinctive feature of the clay toy from Kozhli is that it does not have any details made separately and stuck onto it.

Kozhlyansky toy figurines vary in character and image: these include madams, horse riders and a great number of animals. Kozhlyansky toy was traditionally painted with violet, red, yellow, and green colors. The whistle toys were massively played in spring to send winter away and attract the Sun.

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Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Folk Arts and Crafts Pottery Clay Toys Penny Whistles  

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