Saturday, February 29, 2020

Lace of Northern Russia

Do you like lace? I think it is so delicate and beautiful. The art of lace was born in Italy and the Netherlands and has gradually spread to many countries. In the 17th century, lace making also appeared in Russia. Together with the fashion for European dresses, lace was in demand in all classes of Russian society. It began to be used to decorate various types of clothes.



By the beginning of the 19th century several lace centers with original and diverse patterns appeared in Russia. Lacy craft developed in the city of Vologda. Local women, imitating the fashion of Italy and the Netherlands, began to decorate dresses and underwear of wealthy men and women with delicate linen threads.






Lace makers weaved small and large things: bedspreads, kerchiefs, scarves made of silk threads of black, white and golden colors. In 19th century they fulfilled orders from St. Petersburg for dresses and  blouses.
Currently, lace patterns retain old patterns typical of northern Russia, such as snowflakes, plants, flowers, birds, trees. 
I have one pretty lace collar made many years ago. 
Do you have any lace at home? Would you like to have it? 

Here is my video about 
 



34 comments:

  1. Good morning dear Nadezda,
    A wonderful post!! Lace is so beautiful but I don't have it.
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Rosehugs Marijke

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  2. Hello Nadezda, thank you for this beautiful and interesting post! These patterns are wonderful - I like especially the first one because it looks that there are either stars or snowflakes surrounding the girl.
    We have some lace curtains, tablecloths and runners at home but we are not actually using them now. :)
    Thank you for your comment! Concerning travelling to Italy, I have indeed tickets for a one-week trip in March, but very probably the travel must be either cancelled or delayed.
    Wishing you a happy weekend and a happy new month!

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    1. Sarah, it is a pity that lace is not use in our busy century.
      As for your trip to Italy (you love it very much), I agree with you - it is better to postpone it until the end of the epidemic.

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  3. It is really quite beautiful. It conjures up visions of snowflakes which seems very Russian.

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  4. Hello Nadezda,

    The lace are very beautiful! The one of them looks like a perfect snowflake :)
    Hugs!

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    1. As snowflake made by hands and threads.
      Happy Sunday, Marit.

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  5. WOW - wonderful dear Nadezda,
    these are amazing works of art. And I know the russian tradition in doing beautiful lace crafts - and not only this. Thank you for more details.
    Happy days and all my best
    Elisabeth

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    1. I'm glad your know about Russian lacy traditions, Elizabeth.

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  6. I love lace because all decorations with them are very romantic. At home I have many lace napkins. I also often use lace ribbons in various arrangements.
    I wish you My Dear beautiful Sunday.
    Anita

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    1. Yes, Anita, lace ribbons go well to gifts, decoration to decoupage. I love this too.
      Have a nice day!

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  7. Son preciosos. Sí, algunos tengo y son muy antiguos. Besos.

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    1. Me imagino lo bonitos que son tus encajes antiguos, Teresa.
      Feliz domingo.

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  8. Hi Nadezda,
    What beautiful lace. I love lace, they are always beautiful and delicate pieces.
    I have a blouse with a lace collar and I have to lace nappies.
    Have a wonderful month of March.

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    1. Sure your blouse looks beautiful, Maria.
      Happy week.

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  9. I was surprised at the second one, a snowy crystal.

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    1. This is a beautiful thing, like a big snowflake, roughterrain crane.

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  10. Lace makers are so skilled to be able to work such intricate designs.

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    1. You're right Sue. The designs are awesome.

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  11. Dear Nadezda!
    Wonderful lace. I am delighted with them. In your country there are many wonderful craftsmen who create real works of art.
    Thank you very much that I could admire the lace presented.
    Hugs and greetings.
    Lucja

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  12. Lace making was a proper job in rural areas of eastern Germany, predominantly by peasant women to start with, something to do in the evenings. Then it became a quite hard way of earning a living. I have one very large lace table cloth, which I believe was hand made. Nowadays lace is made by machines.

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    1. Friko, I can imagine your 'very large table cloth'. What a hand made thing! I'm sure it's unique one because the lace making is not popular nowadays.
      Happy women's day!

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  13. Que maravilla!! Artesanía preciosa Nadezda. Si tengo algunos paños con encaje de adorno.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Por supuesto, tu cuidas estas hermosas paños, Laura.
      ¡Feliz día de la mujer!

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  14. Such beautiful lace.

    All the best Jan

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  15. When I see these beautiful works of art I think about the hours and hours it takes to create them. Back then they didn't have our wonderful electricity for lighting and they did such amazing work. Thank you for showing this.

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    1. You're welcome, Lisa.
      I agree that they had to work all the day and at night under a lit candle, I think.
      Stay healthy.

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  16. Красота.. Великолепие..Обожаю мастеров ручной работы.

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    1. Согласна с вами Лариса. Красивые работы кружевниц из Вологды.

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