LECTURE "NORTHERN EMBROIDERY. FROM A TOWEL TO A HEADDRESS"

08 december – 08 december / 19:00 – 20:30

Embroidery is one of the most common types of Russian folk art. Almost every family, regardless of class, women embodied in embroidered patterns their dreams about the future of their loved ones and ideas about beauty. The embroideries of the Arkhangelsk, Vologda and Olonets provinces differ from the works of the central and southern provinces of Russia. Northern embroideries are characterized by a special coloristic system - soft red, pink and cranberry tones prevailed, and embroidered geometric ornament is usually accompanied by vegetative patterns and patterns with a plot: there are both real fairy-talel characters - frequent heroes of the northern embroideries were birds - herons, syrinas.

Samples of fabrics from the collection of All-Russian Decorative Art Museum, including fabrics from unique private collections of artist Maria Vasilievna Yakunchikova and collector of Russian folk costumes Natalia Leonidovna Shabelskaya, and also items of everyday life, gathered by museum workers during scientific expeditions to the Russian North, will show how towels and headdresses were decorated, will help to understand the variety of techniques. Visitors to the lecture will be able to see the objects hidden in the vaults of the museum, as part of a mini-exhibition in the lecture hall.

Lecturer: Natalia Nechay, curator of embroidery collection of the Fabric Department of the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum.