Artisans at the International Folklore Festival in Moscow

Artisans at the International Folklore Festival in Moscow

by Pete Rognli
September 10, 2013

Artisans at the International Folklore Festival in MoscowArtisans from Ukraine, India, Belarus, China, Latvia and Tunisia traveled to Russia to share their traditions. GlobeIn sponsored six artisans to exhibit at the event, including doll maker Vera Yarilina and traditional toy maker Andrew Polezhaev. All together, GlobeIn's artisans made over $1,000 at the event. 

 
Vera Yarilina began constructing traditional rag dolls to complement her professional work as a child psychologist. She sees both traditional play and folk crafts as beneficial for childhood development. In fact, some of her earliest, most fond memories are of watching her grandmother weave carpets around the semivoire.
 

Artisans at the International Folklore Festival in Moscow

Andrew Polezhaev has been working with birch bark since age 12. A dedicated master, he creates traditional Russian toys and rattles (called shenkursk) from birch bark that he harvests every summer with his family in the northern reaches of the country. 
 
Both Vera and Andrew consider traditional Russian toys to be essential for the soul of the country and its children. Tap your human spirit. Shop toys and search for crafts at www.globein.com.

 

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