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The collection of Russian woman headdress includes more than 4000 keeping items, one quarter of them (about 1000 objects) is the thematic group of maiden bands, woman headdresses (kikas and kokoshniks) which are decorated with pearls, cut nacre and their artificial surrogates – beads. These are the headdresses which were generally widespread on the territory of the Russian North, the Central Russia and the Volga Region. The time of their production is XVIII–XX cc.
In course of long keeping thin threads on which nacre, pearls, beads were stringed worn out which caused partial destruction of embroidery and braiding patterns provoking in turn fall of the stringed materials.
The headdresses of the above mentioned types are highly decorative always attracting significant interest of visitors and therefore are highly demanded for exhibition projects. Today 10 of them require immediate restoration. Every touch to these invaluable artifacts threats further fall of beads and pearls because old worn out threads can tear and fray through under their weight. In these cases it’s necessary to resting beads or pearls on new firm threads.
Delicate, meticulous, multistage work awaits us, we should carefully select materials to replace losses, learn braiding patterns, dismantle old damaged braiding, clean beads and pearls, replace by analogue with the artifact braiding, stringing or embroidery.
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The expected price of restoration works – 500 000 rubles.
Currently the Russian Museum of Ethnography is offered two carpets from private collectors for its carpet collection.
The carpet was made in 1860–70s by Stepanida Kuznetzova the resident of the village Spas Klepiki in the Rayzan Governorate a member of wealthy family whose funds allowed to learn the complicated technique of carpet making, to purchase large amount of various raw materials and to have enough free time for performing of this work.
The carpet is of significant interest as a rare example of Russian handmade carpet production widespread among peasants from the early XIX century. However, the number of Russian carpets in the museum collection is small. The museum carpets are generally from the territories known as the craft centers of carpet-making: the Governorates of Voronezh, Kursk, and Tobolsk. The production place of the offered item is the Governorate of Ryazan where according to written sources the terrycloth carpet-making was developing since the early XIX century. Strongly schematized (geometrized) floral patterns of the carpet are typical for the third quarter of XIX century which certainly increases the value of the item as an example of Russian applied arts in particular carpet making.
The item is in good state of preservation, it has annotation and dating and is interesting in respect of its technique, raw materials and ornament.
Spread, fibers woolen carpet which has rectangular form. Carpet fibers are cut and low. The carpet is made in the first third of the XX century.
The carpet is of doubtless importance due to its unique ornamental composition. The small images of animals in carpet’s ornaments help to date the item to the area of the South-Eastern Caucasus which the ornament of edge bands doesn’t contradict. The carpet might have made in Turk (Azerbaijani) medium of the South-Eastern Caucasus.
The museum collection hasn’t carpet of this type. Acquisition of carpet is desirable with purpose of replenishing the museum carpet collection; its use in the exhibition work of museum is also possible.
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