Ivanovo Region. November 2018

Ivanovo Region is famous for its textile industry and traditional arts and crafts, particularly Palekh and Kholuy lacquer boxes and miniatures. The active development of the textile industry at the beginning of the XIX century was due to the use of American cotton instead of local flax and the widespread introduction of steam machines for operating weaving machines. Palekh has a very long history in Russian iconography, the art of painting Russian Orthodox icons for homes and churches. The village emerged as a leading center of Russian icon- and mural-painting in the XIX century. After the Revolution in 1917, the Palekh masters of iconography began to paint papier-mâché boxes while applying the same principles they had learned from painting icons.

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