Wednesday, February 2, 2011

EMBROIDERY IN RUSSIA. PART 3

A large group of decorative shirinka towels (ceremonial towels or kerchiefs) is luxuriously worked with gold and silver thread, colored silks and pearls, and is trimmed with lace.Their ornamentation consists of a repeat motif in the bordering panels, with trailing stems and blossoms, fabulous birds and beasts, and netted fillings, the main motif being a wavy stem carrying symmetrical foliate and floral scrolls. Double-sided stitches are used, so that both surfaces of the embroidery appear alike. The shirinka towels are square, and are usually trimmed with deep fringes of silk and gold threads.

Picture 1. Ceremonial shirinka towel, 17th century

A man's shirt of finest linen is a good example of embroidered garments of the late 17th century. The lyre-shapes and scroll patterns along the slits are an ancient device for protection against evil, survivals from pre-Christian times.

Picture. 2 Man's shirt, 17th century

2 comments:

Sans! said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai, Natalia :).

Wouldn't you like one for the kerchiefs as a bedspread for your doll?

Miniatures by Natalia said...

Sans!, I am thinking about adapting it to the 1:12 scale.

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