ARussian handicraft show was recently held at the Russian Cultural Center in Beijing. It was part of the Beauty of Russia series of exhibitions. The exhibition was supported by International Humanitarian Cooperation and organised by E.G. Pilyugina, a candidate of sciences (Kandidat nauk), who serves as president of the Russian Handicraft Association in Educational Institutions.
The exhibition presented a variety of works of art, including lacquer wares, shawls, Vologda laces, Gzhel, Bogorodsk wood carving, Kholmogory bone carving, matryoshka nesting dolls, enamel ornaments and embroideries. Vologda lace is a traditional Russian handicraft with patterns featuring continuous curves used for shawls, tablecloths and napkins. Gzhel is a type of traditional Russian blue and white ceramics. Khokhloma painting, with its bold red, black and gold pigments depicting plant patterns, is often used as decoration on table wares and furniture. Khokhloma painting ware and matryoshka dolls, are popular, traditional Russian folk crafts.
According to Olga Melnikova, head of the representative office of the International Humanitarian Cooperation of Russia in China: “The exhibition organised by the Russian Cultural Centre in Beijing has become a tradition. Creative works made by teachers and students from Russian schools displayed at the exhibition impress us with their uniqueness and reflect main genres of traditional Russian arts.” Distinguished guests, including representatives from the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in China and representatives from Russian and Chinese media organisations, attended the exhibition.