unique opportunity to acquire a very unusual hanging KHOKHLOMA
Christmas Tree Decoration Set.
a fantastic set of beautiful Hand
Made in Russia Christmas
Tree Ornaments in different shapes of the Santa, Sneguroshka (Snow
Maiden) ,a Black Ball, Black Bell ,two Matrioshka dolls
and a Black Christmas Tree.
of each Decoration is from 1"1/2 to 2"1/8.Please
SET listings might vary slightly from the photo as they are each hand
is instantly recognizable, its design featuring a barrage of berries,
swirls of golden leaves, and an assortment of birds, complemented by
freehand brushstrokes; Its the art of Russian Khokhloma,
and it's popularity as a Russian craft is only rivaled by the Nesting
birthplace of Khokhloma is widely credited to be the town of
Semyonov, in the Nizhni Novogorod region, a little over 300 miles
northeast of Moscow, and is still one of the main producers of
Khokhloma today. Legend has it that the craft was invented by a
clandestine icon painter, who lived deep within the forests which
surrounded the Kerzhenets River. The painter, a member of a group of
"Old Believers" who inhabited the area, broke from the
Russian Orthodox church in the middle of the 17th century. The
painter learned of a band of men who were coming to forcefully bring
him back to Moscow to answer for his dissension, the craftsman
quickly gave away his brushes, and told the members of his village
the secrets of art of Khokhloma. The legend then says that the man
burned down his house, and was himself killed in the blaze, but
throughout the night the red fire cast a golden auroa against the
black night sky, and no one would soon forget the colors associated
with the art of Khokhloma. Whether or not the legend is true, the
arduous creation process has been passed down from generation to
generation, and despite changes in the tools, and materials, the
method to create these beautiful pieces remains more or less the
The process of crafting a piece of Khokloma can take
anywhere from two months, to four months, depending on the size, and
intricacy of the design. After the wood is prepared, and cut into the
desired shape, a thin layer of brown clay is applied by hand, and the
piece is heated in a kiln. Next, the piece is primed with up to three
coats of oil; originally flax seed oil was used, however a synthetic
replacement is the norm today, the oil is then left to air dry. The
distinctive gold color, which is the trademark of Khokhloma pieces,
originally starts out as powdered aluminum (or in the past, powdered
tin, or sometimes even silver) which is again heated in the kiln,
after being decorated with heat resistant paint, and varnished. The
extreme temperature turns the powdered aluminum a glistening golden
The whole process is extremely individualistic and
rarely are two pieces exactly the same. Both the themes, and the
colors, mostly blacks, reds, greens, and gold, draw their inspiration
from nature. The themes popular today have changed very little since
the art was originally conceived in the 17th century, a testament the
timelessness of the Khokhloma style. The
method of creation yields not only a beautiful result, but one which
is both practical, durable, and long lasting. Khokhloma can be used
for utilitarian purposes such aseating,
as well as display.
It is also resistant not only to the acids from foods, but also the
effects of nature; Khokhloma can be transported from arid climates,
without risk of warping in the the wood, or cracks in the
Khokhloma folk craft is constantly growing and
developing, while at the same time remaining true to its original
roots and themes. Adopting the best traditions, one generation
changes another, and using modern materials and paints, the art
has become diverse, and its colors more vibrant and rich. It is not
accidentally that Khokhloma art is so popular either in Russia or
abroad. Khokhloma design can be seen gracing the tails of some
British Airways Boeing 757s, it can be seen on the adorning the sides
of world class racecars such as the Lada Kalina Super 1600, it can
even be seen on t-shirts. New shapes and canvases waiting to be
painted with a Khokhloma design are all around us, and we will be
able to become the eye-witnesses for new applications, and uses for
the timeless, instantly recognizable, and unique design.
must have for your Christmas tree for Russian lovers everywhere.
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