Russian Folk Crafts

28 Aug

When traveling around the world we often face a problem what to buy as souvenirs for our family and friends. Especially if they are sick and tired of magnets, mugs and key fobs. Russia is known for its brilliant folk crafts – you will easily find a proper present and enjoy the best masterpieces of the folk art!

Gzhel is a style of ceramics which takes its name from the village of Gzhel where it has been produced since 1802. The pottery is painted solid white with distinctive blue designs.


Price: from $30 (900 RUR) for a cup or teapot.

Khokhloma is a Russian wood painting handicraft style and national ornament known for its vivid flower patterns, red and gold colours over a black background. It dates back to the 17th century having originally appeared in the Nizhniy Novgorod region.


Flash memory cards, keyboards and mouses for your computers painted in Khokhloma style look especially creatively.

Хохлома. Мышка

Price: from $3 (90 RUR) for a spoon to $40 (1200 RUR) for a painted 4GB memory card.

Palekh miniature is a folk handicraft of miniature painting which is done with tempera paints on varnished articles made of papier-mache (small boxes, cigarette and powder cases etc.). Characters from fairy tales, literary works and real life are painted with bright paint over the black background and are known for their delicate and smooth design.


Price: from $15 (450 RUR) for a powder or cigarette case

Dymkovo toys are moulded painted clay figures of people and animals painted with tempera. Massive, abstract and somewhat grotesque forms of the Dymkovo toys are emphasized by ruffles, puffed collars etc. The toys are believed to have existed for at least 400 years.


Price: from $20 (600 RUR) for a toy

Matryoshka dolls — probably the most famous Russian folk craft — refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. Traditionally the dolls depict a woman dressed in sarafan, a long and shapeless Russian peasant jumper dress.


However, one can easily come across the dolls being far from original style, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders.

Матрешка. Лидеры

Price: from $3 (90 RUR) for a set of dolls


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