Card no 438 - Olga
Russian Folk Crafts - Khokhloma
Country Card Sent From: Russia
Place that Card Sender Lives: Trjohgornyj
Date Received: 8th March 2013
Distance Travelled: 2,421 miles
Time Taken: 13 days
The handicraft of manufacturing wooden utensils with peculiar decorative painting imitating gilding received the appellation of Khokhloma art from one of the villages where it originally had been practiced in ancient times and which grew to become a trading post to which the local craftsmen brought their wares for sale starting from the 18th century. The Kovernino district of the Nizhni Novgorod province is famous as the birthplace of the Khokhloma painting style. There are families in this area who have been keeping secret formulas of the painting trade and transferring them from one generation to the next for more than three centuries. The Khokhloma painting on wooden articles is, perhaps, the one type of Nizhni Novgorod folk craft that became most popular in Russia and foreign countries.
You can read more about Khokhloma painting at this site.
(I originally headed this Embroidery having somehow managed to mistranslate the subject! Hence Mish's comment, rescuing me.)
Trjohgornyj is a village in the Chelyabinsk oblast near the Ural mountains.