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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.
--31-05-2016--
Izmailovo Kremlin in Moscow
Gingerbread-like complex in the Old Russian style provides a dozen of unusual museums and souvenir workshops.
--14-04-2016--
City Hunter: The Second Moscow Kremlin
Few people know that Moscow is famous for two Kremlins. After visiting the one situated on the Red Square, go to Izmailovo district. Definitely, you will be impressed.
--07-12-2011--
Torzhok Gold Embroidery
Torzhok Gold Embroidery, one of the kinds of Russian embroidery, is the folk art and craft, which appeared in Torzhok in the 13th century and was widely developed in the 18th century. The most ancient gold embroidery found in the citys area was created over a thousand years back. These were gold-embroidered pieces leather that performed the function of local money.
--28-08-2011--
Old Russian Pictorial Embroidery
Old Russian pictorial embroidery (aka "needle painting") is one of the Russian arts and crafts that developed under the direct influence of Byzantine and were widely spread in the Old Rus'. Unlike ornamental embroidery these works depicted "the face" and were made with the use of gold and silver threads, pearls, jewels and gems.
--21-10-2011--
Skan
Skan (Filigree) is a traditional Russian handicraft of making openwork or soldered tracery of golden, silver or copper wire, either smooth or plaited into strings, with addition of small silver or gold balls and enamel. The word skan comes from the Old Russian word skat' meaning "to plait".
--28-08-2011--
Christian Tin Miniature
Christian tin miniature is a modern type of Christian decorative and applied art of creating miniature sculptures. The handicraft appeared in the late 20th century in Russia in the midst of revival of the Russian Orthodox Church after communistic persecutions.
--28-08-2011--
Kholuy Miniature Painting
Kholuy miniature painting is a Russian folk handicraft that developed in Kholuy Village of the Ivanovo Region. It is a type of lacquered miniature painted in tempera on papier-mâché items, such as caskets, boxes, jugs, needle cases, etc.
--28-08-2011--
Perm Wooden Sculpture
Cult wooden sculpture is a vivid phenomenon in Russian art. On a par with icons and works of decorative and applied arts it was part of artistic ensembles of ancient churches and chapels. The earliest monuments that have come down to us are dated to the 14th-15th centuries.
--28-08-2011--
Krestetsky Flaxen Embroidery
Krestetsky stitching(or Krestets embroidery aka Krestsy whitework) is an old Russian folk handicraft that developed in Krestetsky District from the 1860s. Krestetsky stitching is a unique kind of national cutwork-type embroidery.
--28-08-2011--
Shemogodsky Birchbark Carving
Shemogodsky carving is the traditional Russian folk art and craft of birchbark carving that became popular due to masters of Shemogodsky Volost of Veliky Ustyug District.
--28-08-2011--
Velikiy Ustyug Silver Patination
Velikiy Ustyug Silver Patination is the national Russian art and craft that developed in the 17th century in Velikiy Ustyug, nowadays a district centre in the Vologda Region. It is decoration with patina designs of various silver items, such as, for example, cigar cases, glass holders, and tableware sets.
--28-08-2011--
Russian Handicrafts Souvenir Gifts with Feeling
Russia has always been rich in resourceful masters able to invent the ways of bringing beauty and miracle into mundane living and ordinary household things. The realm of Russian folk handicrafts, which are actually the best gift souvenirs one can find in Russia, is multicoloured and varied; anyone can chose something to ones liking.
--28-08-2011--
Birchbark Handicraft
Birchbark wickerwork is an old Russian handicraft. At all times amazing natural qualities of beautiful birchbark were considered irreplaceable in household. The famous Russian lapti (aka bast shoes) are among the numerous articles handmade of birchbark.
--28-08-2011--
Skopin Ceramics
Among the centres of folk handicraft of pottery, unique is the phenomenon of decorative ceramics of Skopin town of the Ryazan Region. The craft owes its appearance to clays lying in great quantities in the environs of the town of Skopin. Ceramic dishware in the area, where Skopin was founded later, had been made as far back as in the Kievan Rus epoch. Ryzan lands rich in traditions of various folk arts and crafts became the cradle of pottery ware and modeled clay whistles.
--28-08-2011--
Dyatkovo Crystal-Glass
Dyatkovo crystal-glass ware production has existed for over 200 years and has a rich history. The artistic and material qualities of Dyatkovo crystal-glass make it a true pearl of Russian artistic glasswork.
--28-08-2011--
Kasli Iron Casts
Kasli, one of the oldest towns of the South Ural, is famous world over thanks to its iron cast sculptures and works of applied art. Ural casting is the leader of artistic and architectural casting of iron and bronze of the 18-20th centuries, known among both art collectors and general public.
--28-08-2011--
Kukarka Lace
Kukarka Lace (aka Vyatka Lace or Kirov Lace) is a type of traditional handmade bobbin weaving and one of the well-known folk Russian arts and crafts. The centre of Kukarka lace handicraft is the town of Sovetsk (formerly Kukarka Village of the Vyatka Province) in the Kirov Region. In its artistic significance, valuable folk traditions and creative finds of the recent times the handicraft is on a par with other lace-making centers.
--28-08-2011--
Yelets Lace
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.
--28-08-2011--
Vologda Lace
No other centre of lace manufacturing in Russia enjoyed such fame as the city of Vologda and its modest dwellers Sophia Davydova wrote in her well-known research book Russian Lace and Russian Lace-makers.
--28-08-2011--
Kholmogory Bone Carving
Since long ago dwellers of the Russian North procured seal bones and walrus tusks in the polar seas and gathered fossil mammoth bones on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. The bone carvings from Kholmogory were notable for excellent craftsmanship and perfected technique. The best carving masters from Kholmogory were invited to work in the Kremlin's Armoury, which performed orders for the tsars court.
--28-08-2011--
Ural Malachite
Few Russian gems are considered to be undoubtedly better than their foreign analogues. Few gems have their own patron. It is widely known that the best malachite was produced in the Urals.
--28-08-2011--
Abramtsevo-Kudrino Wood Carving
Abramtsevo-Kudrino Wood Carving is a famous Russian handicraft that took shape in the vicinity of Abramtsevo Estate situated near Moscow. The appearance of the handicraft was closely associated with artists of the Abramtsevo circle, and first of all with Elena Dmitrievna Polenova, who organized a carving and woodwork workshop in the estate of Savva Mamontov.
--28-08-2011--
Talashkino Carving and Painting Workshops
One of the remarkable places of the Smolensk Region is the small settlement Talashkino situated 18 km away from Smolensk. Talashkino, today a museum reserve, was one of the most important artistic centres of Russia of the late 19th early 20th cc, associated with the study and revival of Russian applied and decorative arts.
--28-08-2011--
Polkhov-Maidan Painting
Polkhov-Maidan painting is one of the youngest folk handicrafts of Russia. The most popular souvenirs are matryoshkas, Easter eggs, and decorative turned sculptures on themes of Russian folk tales and country life.
--28-08-2011--
Mezen Painting on Wood
The origin of Mezen painting ornamentation remains a mystery. The original profound symbols deserve to be seriously studied by researchers. The symbols of Mezen painting are rooted in mythological beliefs of the people of the ancient North. For example, the frequent use of many-tier patterns suggests following the shamanic tradition.
--28-08-2011--
Lipetsk Painting Designs
Lipetskie uzory i.e. Lipetsk designs is a folk handicraft of making wooden articles with artistic painting in the Lipetsk Region. It is also known as the name of a factory producing these articles.
--28-08-2011--
Zhostovo Lacquered Trays
Zhostovo black lacquered metal trays painted with rich colorful flower ornaments represent one of the most famous Russian arts and crafts, Zhostovo painting, developed in the village of Zhostovo, Mytishi District of the Moscow Region.
--02-12-2011--
Gorodets Painting
Gorodets painting is one of the most famous folk arts and crafts of Russia, and a vivid phenomenon of the so-called naïve art. Bright and laconic Gorodets painting (genre scenes, figurines of horses, roosters, and flower patterns) performed with free strokes of paint brush, with white and black graphic outlining, decorated distaffs, furniture, doors and shutters.
--28-08-2011--
Fedoskino Miniature Painting
Fedoskino miniature is one of the types of traditional lacquered miniature painting. Painting is made in oils on papier-mache articles. This handicraft was developed in the late 18th century in the Fedoskino Settlement under Moscow.
--01-09-2011--
Rostov Finift Russian Enamel Painting
It is the radiance, brilliance, and unfading colours that attract to finift: the painted designs shine in the milk-white enamel surface as if oozing from its depth. Painting on enamel, being a very complicated decorative art, has always been esteemed on a par with precious stones.
--01-09-2011--
Gzhel Ceramics
Gzhel follows old Russian traditions of folk arts and crafts. Gzhel masters paint every item exclusively by hand. The painting is made with cobalt, which acquires the characteristic blue colour in the technological process.
--01-09-2011--
Zhbannikovo Clay Whistle Toy
Zbannikovo toy is a traditional folk handicraft spread in the villages of Zhbannikovo, Rompino, Ryzhukhino and other settlements of the Gorodetski District of the Nizhni Novgorod Region.
--01-09-2011--
Chukchi Bone Carving
The Extreme North is inhabited by over 20 peoples and ethnicities, all of them keeping their ancient and interesting culture, an important place in which belongs to useful arts. From olden times the northerners have made clothes, household articles and decorations using natural materials, such as fells of animals and birds, fish skin, wood and plants, and, certainly, carved bone.
--02-12-2011--
Bird of Happiness: Wooden Guardian of Family Hearth
The fascinating carved wood toy called the Bird of Happiness has long been a guardian of family happiness and wellbeing among the Russian people. In former times such a charm used to hang in every house, under the ceiling at the entrance area, so that every person entering the house passed under it. The amulet is believed to take away negativities that a guest might bring along, and lets only good things into the house. So it helps to make the house peaceful and free from quarrels and people kinder to each other.
--01-09-2011--
Palekh Miniature
One can hardly believe that these fairytale-like paintings on lacquered black caskets, which seem to be popular exemplars of something old-Russian, in some way owe their appearance to the notorious revolution of 1917. Let alone the centuries-long icon-painting tradition of Palekh masters, of course.
--01-09-2011--
Abashevo Clay Whistles
In the 19-20th cc the village of Abashevo was the leading pottery centre of Russia. Clay toys made by Abashevo masters were exhibited in Moscow, London and Paris. They are profoundly traditional: from generation to generation the artisans passed down these peculiar images of domestic animals, birds, deer, horsemen, ladies, etc., and yet, each of the masters let these images deep inside and breathed life into them, creating inimitable inspired characters.
--02-12-2011--
Nesting Doll Named Matryoshka
The nesting dolls, known as matryoshki have long conquered hearts of lovers of folk toys and original souvenirs all over the world. Matryoshka brings together the art of masters and enormous love of the Russian national culture.
--28-08-2011--


News:

Russian Doll Museum Appeared in Kirov Region
The Museum of Russian Nesting Doll (Matryoshka) has been opened in Nolinsk, Kirov Region.
--12-04-2012--
Karelian Craftsmen Will Show Their Skills
The exhibition FormSound will be opened in Karelia on the occasion of the anniversary of the famous Craftsmen's Guild.
--10-04-2012--
Open-Air Arts and Crafts Fair Runs in Moscow
The traditional Arts and Crafts Fair at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre in Moscow has gathered together handcrafters from the Moscow Region, the Volga Region, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic states and even Madagaskar.
--01-09-2011--





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