Leningrad: State Publishing House, 1955. Unknown. Small Oblong Folio. (28 x 21 cm.) 51 ills. 65 pp. Wrappers. Text and wrappers on heavy paper stock. Titles in red and black on front wrapper. Disbound with all pages loose, 4 pages known missing. Most illustrations in color. Some mild creasing to a few pages. Very light spotting to front wrapper. Illustrations bright and vibrant. Very Good. Item #108
Russian history is embodied in its embroidery. Since ancient times, the women of Russia stitched traditional symbols into both humble domestic cloth and clothing. Their particular custom of embroidery allows for no error, with strict attention to the use of color and design which forms a distinct "language in cloth". Red, for instance, is associated with both the warmth of the sun and of blood itself and is used often in Russian embroidery and culture. This book of designs for embroidery was published during the era of the Soviet Union, a time which reconnected with the traditional crafts of the original peasantry. This very beautiful collection includes more than 50 color printed illustrations, each a specific pattern to follow which range from simple floral designs to the more complicated and modernist. Subject matter is often associated with customary symbols of the natural world with a few pages devoted to the designs associated with the Communist Revolution. Although our cataloging has discovered there are some missing pages of illustrations, we believe that an item such as this is an exceptional example of the history and survival of traditional Russian women's craftsmanship. Text in Russian.