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All-Russian Museum of Arts and Crafts and Folk Art in Moscow
Various embroideries, tableware, clothes, ceramics and furniture are so good here that one can admire them in the museum for several hours in a row.
Russian Tradition of Pottery Craft, Part 2
Old Russian earthenware was not particularly beautiful but was very convenient and cheap. Potters made various simple vessels required in country life.
Russian Tradition of Pottery Craft, Part 1
Potters of the Old Russian state made tableware of a variety of forms. At the bottom of their works Russian handicraftsmen put special brands in the form of triangles, crosses, squares, circles, etc.
Old Russian Tradition of Bast Shoe Braiding
Bast braiding is one of the oldest handicrafts in Russia. Since time immemorial peasants used bast for making bast shoes first of all. Bast shoes became a sort of a symbol.
Russian Craft of Pine Root Wickerwork
The distinctive Vyatka craft of pine root braiding has been known since the late 19th century.
Russian Tradition of Birch Bark Braiding
Birch bark is a beautiful and enduring material for wickerwork. Smooth, clean and lustrous birch bark is well extendable, hardly breakable, and waterproof.
Russian Handicraft of Rod Wickerwork
Willow rod braiding appeared as a handicraft in Russia in the 19th century. Its origin was in many respects promoted by the European fashion for wickerwork and wicker furniture.
Russian Tradition of Straw Incrustation
Straw application and decorating wattled products with straw have been a traditional craft in Russia for a long time.
Russian Handicraft of Wood Turning, Part 2
The turning craft masterpiece was a 100-piece wooden egg (with its walls thinner than an eggshell) turned by the master Fyodor Romakhin. It was here where Vasily Zvyozdochkin with his companions created the first Russian nested doll (Matryoshka).
Russian Handicraft of Wood Turning, Part 1
Wood turning was traditionally used in Russia for making tableware, vessels and spindles. With the advent of spinning wheels in the second half of the 19th century turners switched to making toys.
Russian Tradition of Birch-Bark Craft, Part 3
I. A. Veprev was the most well-known expert in the Shemogod birch bark craft. His works enjoyed wide popularity and gained fame to Shemogod birch bark.
Russian Tradition of Birch-Bark Craft, Part 2
Birch bark played an important role in the life of peasants in the North of Russia. It was widely used by people in Siberia and the Far East. One could not picture peasant life without birch bark.
Russian Tradition of Birchbark Craft, Part 1
Birch bark items present an original form of folk arts and crafts. Russian handicraftsmen made great use of birch bark properties.

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