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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 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.
Wood Painting
The art of wood painting has its peculiar features and characteristics typical for various regions of Russia. Our ancestors adorned their household items, such distaffs, boards, chests, and on other wooden utensils.
Russian Woodcarving Tradition, Part 1
The art of woodcarving has been known in Russia for ages. Village and town wooden houses in Old Russia were traditionally decorated with wood carved elements.
Unique Russian Woodwork of Burr Craft, Part 2
In the late 19th century about forty people worked as burr craftsmen. The city of Vyatka (modern Kirov) was the centre of the burr craft. Some more burr workshops were located in the Shcherbinka and Troitsk districts and manufactured mostly cheap burr items.
Unique Russian Woodwork of Burr Craft, Part 1
Throughout centuries craftsmen of the Vyatka lands (Kirov Region nowadays) were engaged in wood processing. It is no wonder they laid the foundation to the unique burr craft.
Woodwork Tradition in Russia
Pre-Christian Russians had a mastery over molding and forging, ceramics and embroidery, and fine enamels. Kiev artists were good at bone carving, blackening, metal engraving, making glazed tiles (izrazets), and glasswork. However, Russians were most skillful in woodworking.

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