Russian arts and crafts: mittens

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Russian arts and crafts: mittens

It’s hard to imagine the cold Russian winter without warm mittens. But in the Pskov region mittens since ancient times was not only a means of protection from the cold, but the amulet and ornament, and even the keepers of cultural traditions.

28 APR 2019 09:26

In the Pskov region mittens, or “dance,” produced with long time. They protect your hands from cold, they chopped wood, worked, and even wondered. On Christmas eve, unmarried threw a sock: if it hits your finger down the girl you will marry, and if a finger up there.

“Because of the border situation of the region patterns has absorbed the Baltic, Scandinavian and Russian dishes, – says Albina Lebedeva, co-founder of the web magazine about Izborsk irboska.info. Our mittens are knitted on thin needles of coarse non-fluffy wool for contrasting patterns. The most recognizable mitten in the region – izborska – colored flowers and birds. And mittens of the Finno-Ugric people, Seto. In such repeated geometric pattern, which is characteristic for the Baltic States.”

To compare patterns of mittens in the Museum of memory of Seto peasants (open from 1 may to 4 November) and the Museum-estate of Setos. Both are in the village of Whitefish Pechora region.

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